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PhD in English

Introduction to the Program

The PhD in English at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a three year program for international students taught in English.

About XJTLU

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK as a joint venture. As an independent Sino-Foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China. The University offers undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering and management, and awards both its own Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool.

About the Program

PhD research is a central and exciting part of the Department of English’s research culture.

We offer a broad range of research skills that are tailored to the needs of the individual student who may be undertaking study in either linguistics, literature, or communication studies. These include time and project management, writing and communication skills, research methodologies, methods and ethics.

We also support interdisciplinary research in areas such as language technology, language education, medical humanities, and media studies. Our ongoing series of research seminars provides a forum for PhD students to share ideas and receive feedback from our team of experts in the field.

As part of our programme of professional development, we offer PhD students the opportunity to shadow a member of staff for one semester in order to develop their teaching skills. You will join an exciting and dynamic research community that facilitates leading-edge research opportunities.

Our PhD programme is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, based at XJTLU. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

The normal length of full-time PhD programme is three years. At the end of three years’ full-time study, you can apply for an extension of one year to complete the writing of your dissertation. Part-time PhD degrees usually take four to seven years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.

Full-time PhD students are funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies.

About The Department of English

The Department of English is a research-led department that trains graduates for careers as English-language professionals in the fields of translation, media and communication, finance and international business, linguistics and language education. Since its inception in 2008, the Department of English has established four undergraduate programmes of study with a concentration on applied English studies, English literature, as well as translation studies. The department has a vibrant postgraduate programme in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and will launch another postgraduate offering in mass media translation in September 2017. The department also operates a successful research-based doctoral programme, through which staff supervise PhD students in their specialist areas.

Our graduates have skills that are highly sought-after in domestic and international job markets, and the innovative interdisciplinary design of each of our programmes ensures that students are well-prepared for the range of opportunities and challenges they will meet in their future careers.

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarship options for PhD candidates, including tuition-only scholarships for full-time PhD study and an academic merit scholarship for international students.

Key Benefits of PhD Study at XJTLU
  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills

Start Date of the Program

First day of any month

Entry Requirements

We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. The typical minimum entry requirement is a UK undergraduate (bachelors) degree with honours at a first or upper second class level in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience with professional qualifications. Equivalent overseas degrees are also accepted.

Normal entry requirements for Chinese applicants include an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade of 80 percent or a masters degree from a recognised Chinese university.

Some PhD programmes, however, have additional entry requirements so you should check individual programmes for specific information.

If your degree certificate and university transcript are written in another language other than English, you need to have them verified, translated into English and notarised.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English or have not studied at degree level in English are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. So, if you received your degree from a Chinese university, for example, and the teaching was not in English, proof of English language ability is needed.

Individual cases will be considered on their own merit. You may be required to attend an interview or take a test to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

English language qualifications accepted by the University include the following:

Application Deadline

There is no deadline for PhD application

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for full-time students is RMB 80,000 per year. The total for the 3 year program is 240000 RMB.

The tuition fees for part-time students is RMB 60,000 per year. Part-time PhD study is typically completed in four to seven years.

Accommodation

The accommodation facilities are located within the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, where the University is situated. All accommodation within this area is private and managed by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development & Investment Limited Company (SIPEDI), and also provides to students studying at other institutions.

For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

Application

To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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