China and International Relations

Aalborg University

24 months
3248 EUR/year
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China and International Relations (CIR) is a double degree MA programme offered by Aalborg University, Denmark and the University of International Relations in Beijing, China. It is a two-year program taught in English. The first year is spent at Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark and the second year at the University of International Relations (UIR) in Beijing, China.


The pedagogical approach of the China and International Relations programme is based on central features of AAU’s problem-based approach to innovation and learning, i.e. problem-orientation, research-based teaching, an interdisciplinary approach, and student project work. Though problem-based learning is the point of departure for the programme at both universities, the actual implementation will be influenced by the different educational cultures in China and Denmark. This enables the students to become familiar with different educational cultures and provides a unique environment for engaging in cross-cultural learning processes.

Limited admission

The double degree of “China and International Relations (CIR)” is designated as an elite program with limited enrolment. The current UIR-AAU agreement defines the maximum admission of 12 students from each university. Possibility of increasing the CIR enrolment will have to wait for a new international agreement in the future. Students, who are qualified for the CIR program but are not included in the list of 12, are automatically qualified for the Chinese Area Studies specialisation at Aalborg University.

Job and career

China and International Relations allows students to select China as an area of specialisation in their future careers. For some students it may lead to PhD studies and a career in teaching and research, while for many others it will open the door to a professional career in a number of areas in which China is a central component, such as business and industry, international trade, government and international service, NGOs or other types of organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chinese Culture and its Impact on Development
  • The Chinese Political System
  • Social Difference, Welfare and Social Security in China.
  • The Rise of China and the Capitalist World System: Historical and Cultural Perspectives.
  • Democratization in China?

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

China and International Relations is an interdisciplinary specialisation. Admission is open to students with a relevant BA degree in either social science or the humanities, for instance political science, sociology, China studies, history, human geography or anthropology.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3248 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3248 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

24,225 DKK


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China and International Relations
Aalborg University