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China and International Relations, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #324 (QS) , | ,
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?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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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.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    6418 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6418 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.
47,900 DKK

Living costs

  • Aalborg, Denmark

    5936 - 8300 DKK/month
    Living Costs
  • Beijing, China

    6409 - 7850 CNY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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