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Global China Studies, Elective study profile of International Relations

Master (2 years) of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Aalborg University (AAU)
Campus Aalborg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3310 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Global China Studies is a profile of the Master of International Relations. Global China Studies will provide students with a complex understanding of the role China plays in today’s globalized world. You will be introduced to both Chinese and Western perspectives on China’s rise and its implications for global governance from both national and transnational vantage points. Focus will be on political, economic and cultural aspects of China’s engagement with the world, and will include themes such as:
  • Chinese self-perception, Chinese perceptions of international relations and global perceptions of China
  • China’s political system with a specific focus on Chinese foreign policy
  • China’s position in the current international world order and China’s engagement with international institutions
  • China’s role in the global economy and international business
  • China’s relationship with specific countries or regions, i.e. the EU, the United States of America, Africa and China’s East Asian neighbours. 
  • People-to-people contact and the role of non-state actors in China’s international engagement
Read more about the academic content of the programme

Career Opportunities  

The specialisation programme of Chinese Area Studies allows students to select China as an area of focus to meet their career goals. For some students it may lead to PhD studies, or 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
  • civil societies/NGOs


Chinese Area Studies is an interdisciplinary specialisation that can be chosen as part of the following MA programmes:
  • Development and International Relations
  • European Studies
  • Culture, Communication & Globalization
  • International Business Communication, English.
In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level.

Read about the language requirements of Aalborg University 

Apply directly at Aalborg University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg University directly.

A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students outside EU, EAA, or from Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn | Non-EU and EU applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01


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