PhD programme in International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU

PhD in International Business School Suzhou

Introduction to the Program

The PhD programme in International Business School Suzhou 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

The PhD programme in International Business School Suzhou prepares students to become academic scholars or to embark on other research related careers in education, industry, government or international organisations. You will specialise in specific areas of economics (including financial economics) or management.

The economics PhD has a number of sub-specialisations including (but not limited to):

  • Financial economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International trade and finance
  • Public finance
  • The Chinese economy
  • Game theory
  • Econometrics.

The management PhD has a number of sub-specialisations including (but not limited to):

  • Entrepreneurship
  • General management
  • Human resource management
  • International business
  • Information management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Accounting.

The PhD degree is awarded by the University of Liverpool but taught at IBSS in Suzhou with academic instructors and advisors from both institutions. 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.

About International Business School Suzhou

Founded in 2013 as the exclusive business school of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, International Business School Suzhou offers a unique blend of Western and Chinese academic practices. It is the youngest business school ever to earn Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation and has accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Located in Suzhou, Jiangsu, near Shanghai, one of China’s the fastest-growing commercial centres, IBSS seeks to become an international leader in business education and research. It is perfectly placed to support your talent development and research needs.

Creative interaction and collaboration with international and domestic businesses, coupled with solid academic grounding, underpins the IBSS learning and teaching environment. This prepares Chinese students for international business and international students for doing business in or with China.

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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