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Creative Arts & Design

Architectural Design

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Program facts

  • Tuition fees per year 80,000 RMB
  • Duration 2 years
  • Program type Master's
  • Language taught in English
  • Start date September

Program Overview

What Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University says about their program:
"The Master of Architectural Design programme prepares students for an international career in architecture, creating bridges between Eastern and Western culture. Understanding mobility, creative leadership, as well as advanced technical skills as key professional abilities in a rapidly globalising world, the programme attracts international students preparing for a career related to China, as well as domestic students preparing for both national and international careers. The programme includes architectural design studios as well as humanistic and technical modules. A student-centred learning environment offers rich opportunities, design-driven research and individual experimental enquiry to foster students' conceptual design skills as well as research and writing skills in preparation for both professional practice and PhD-level studies. Graduates of the programme are well-rounded, creatively confident and technically skilled professionals ready to create a global future."

Admissions requirements

Entry requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees vary depending on the program you choose and which country you are from. Please see below the minimum general requirements.


MA China Studies: IELTS: 7.0 (minimum of 7.0 in all sections) / TOEFL iBT:100, minimum of 21 in any skill MA Media and Communication: IELTS: 7.0 (minimum of 6.0 in all sections) / TOEFL iBT:100, minimum of 21 in any skill Master of Architecture Design: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections) / TOEFL iBT:90, minimum of 21 in any skill MSc Financial Computing: IELTS: 6.0 (minimum of 5.0 in all sections) / TOEFL iBT:80 MSc Management: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections) / TOEFL iBT:90, minimum of 21 in any skill MSc Sustainable Construction: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections) / TOEFL iBT:90, minimum of 21 in any skill


Entry into Year One

Applications are welcomed from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students are normally expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, but different programs have different subject-relevant requirements.

A-level: BBB IB Diploma: 30 points Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus: Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or 3 AP examinations: 4+ or 3 SAT subjects: 600+

Fall Semester (September) - deadline June 30

Fees and funding

Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University offers a range of attractive scholarships to exceptionally qualified applicants who wish to start at XJTLU in 2019.

Scholarships available range from 10 to 50 percent of tuition for each award, depending upon the specific scholarship program. Successful applicants can be awarded only one scholarship per year, scholarships may not be combined.

50% of tuition fee for bachelor's and full-time master programs based on academic merit. Requirements: Student needs to indicate the interest on the online application and an application letter is required to be considered.

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Visa requirements for Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University

Many international students will require a visa to study in China, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.