Master's students

Prospectus for Master’s Programmes 2013

Date: 2013-01-06 Views:64

Xiamen University (XMU) was founded in 1921 by the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader Tan Kah Kee. With a top-notch faculty and staff, XMU offers a broad range of academic programmes. It is a key comprehensive university directly affiliated toChina’s Ministry of Education, and is a first-class university with extensive international influence, ranking among the top 20 out of the over 2,000 higher-education institutions inChina. XMU consists of three campuses - Siming, Zhangzhou and Xiang’an campuses. All three campuses are nestled snugly between green hills and the blue sea, earning XMU the reputation asChina’s most beautiful university.

 Ten Reasons to Study at Xiamen University

1. Eligibility

2. Application time

3. Application procedures

4. Application documents

5. Academic programmes

6. Acceptance

7. Length of programme, duration of study and conferring of degree

8. Application fee

9. Tuition

10. Accommodation and living expenses

11. Scholarships

12. Contact information

1. Eligibility

(1). Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens, be in good health, and possess a valid passport.

(2). Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree.

2. Application time: Feb. 1- July 1, 2014

3. Application procedures

(1) Online application

Applicants should first make online application at

Online application is mandatory. Paper-based applications with no online signing-up will not be considered.

(2) Submission of application documents

Applicants should mail the application form generated automatically upon successful online application and other required application documents to XMU Admissions Office by July 1, 2014. (Postal address: Admissions Office of Xiamen University, Fujian Province,China361005; Tel: +86-0592-2184792)

 Late applications will not be considered. Applicants are expected to keep their phones open and check their email regularly as XMU Admissions Office will contact them when necessary.

Application procedure

4. Application documents

Applicants must provide true and correct information in all application documents:

(1) Application Form for International Students, which should be completed in Chinese or English and then printed out after successful online application.

(2) Bachelor’s degree certificate (notarized copy in English or Chinese). Applicants who are currently studying at university should provide a study certificate. Certificate in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.

Note: Applicants who have provided a study certificate should submit a notarized copy of their bachelor’s degree to the XMU Admissions Office before the specified registration date; failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment.

(3) Academic transcripts relating to bachelor's degree’s study. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.

(4) Study or research plan (minimum 1,000 words) in Chinese or English.

(5) Two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English by professors or associate professors.

(6) Photocopy of Chinese (HSK) or English Proficiency Certificate or medium-of-instruction certificate.

(7) Photocopy of a valid passport.

(8) Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (click to download), completed in Chinese or English. (The original is to be retained by the applicant.)

(9) Statement of Financial Support (click to download) certifying that the applicant has sufficient funds to cover his or her tuition, accommodation and living expenses. It should be accompanied by an employment certificate or income certificate and a photocopy of the valid passport of the financial sponsor.

Note: Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of application materials. Incomplete application materials will be rejected. No application materials will be returned, regardless of the outcome of the application.

5. Academic programmes

(1) Chinese-medium master's programmes

Most master's programmes at XMU are taught in Chinese. 

Chinese proficiency requirement

Applicants for programmes in the humanities, economics, management, law, arts and traditional Chinese medicine need to have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK band 5 (or HSK band 6) or above; applicants for programmes in sciences should have a certificate of new HSK band 4 (or HSK band 3) or above. Students who have taken courses mainly in Chinese during their bachelor’s degree studies are exempt from the HSK certificate requirement, provided that they can produce proof of language of instruction used in their bachelor’s degree studies.

(2) English-medium master's programmes

In order to enhance its internationalisation, XMU has launched 15 English-medium master’s programmes for international students. These two-year programmes are taught in English and aim to produce high-level international specialists with a solid professional foundation plus a good understanding of the Chinese society and culture.



Degree awarded



Chinese Philosophy

Master of Philosophy

School ofHumanities


Civil and Commercial Law

Master of Law

School ofLaw


International Relations

Master of Law

College ofInternational Relations


International Trade

Master of Economic s

School ofEconomics


Marine Affairs

Master of Science

Coastal and Ocean Management Institute


Chemical Engineering

Master of Engineering

College ofChemistry and   Chemical Engineering


Physical Chemistry

Master of Science


Computer Science and Technology

Master of Engineering

School ofInformation   Science and Technology



Master of Economics

Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in   Economics


Financial Engineering


Western Economics


Quantitative Economics


Management Economics



Master of Management

Institute for Financial & Accounting Studies




Credit point requirement: A total of 24 to 32 credit points earned within the prescribed time frame are required for graduation.

4 core courses giving 3 credit points each: 12 credits; 4-6 elective courses giving 2 credit points each: 8 -12 credits; 2 compulsory courses giving 2 credit points each: 4 credit points

English proficiency requirement

Applicants should present a TOEFL certificate with 80 points or above, or an IELTS certificate with grade 6.0 or above, or other certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test. Native English speakers and applicants who have taken courses in English during their bachelor’s degree studies are exempt from this requirement, but a medium-of-instruction certificate should be furnished.

6. Acceptance

International students should submit their application documents upon enrolment for verification of qualification. Application documents will be forwarded to the relevant college or school for academic review. Admission decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants' academic performance, overall merits, research achievements and supervisors’ comments. Applicants will be given preference if they graduate from world-renowned universities, XMU sister’s universities or are recommended by senior professors or experts. Applicants who are required to attend interviews or take tests will be informed in advance. A list of enrolled students will be submitted to the university authorities for final approval.

The University will publish the admission outcome on the application system of the Admissions Office a month after receiving a complete set of documents and send out the Admission Notice soon afterwards. Applicants can log into the online application system ( ) to find out the result of their application and detailed information regarding the delivery of the admission package.

7. Length of programme, duration of study and conferring of degree

Length of master's programmes: 3 years, Duration of study: 3-5 years;

Length of English-medium master's programmes/MTCSOL/MBA: 2 years, Duration of study: 2-5 years;

Conferring of degree: 

Students will be conferred a master's degree and awarded a graduation certificate after they have fulfilled the credit point requirement, completed their graduation thesis and satisfied their degree requirements in the stipulated period of time.

8. Application fee: RMB 400 (payable upon signing up online; non-refundable)

9. Tuition per academic year in RMB (cost of course materials not included)

¨      Chines  Chinese-medium master's programmes

Humanities: RMB 20,000 per year, RMB60,000 in total;

Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Management, Law and Arts: RMB 24,000 per year, RMB72,000 in total.

MBA: RMB 55,000 per year, RMB110,000 in total.

MTCSOL: RMB 30,000 per year, RMB60,000 in total.

English-medium master's programmes

RMB 36,000 per year, RMB 72,000 in total.

Chinese Philosophy: RMB 30,000 per year, RMB 60,000 in total.

Note: Tuition fees are subject to change without prior notice upon approval by price regulators.

10. Living expenses

(1). Accommodation fee (utility charges not included)

Siming Campus: Holders of full scholarships or partial scholarships covering accommodation fee will enjoy the priority of living in the dorms on Siming campus over self-funded students. The on-campus dormitories will be made available to self-funded students when there are vacancies. The overseas student apartment buildings on the Siming Campus are set in picturesque surroundings and enjoy a view of the sea and fresh air. The dorms are equipped with a range of amenities. Master’s students live in double rooms with the monthly accommodation fee of RMB 900.

Contact information ofXiamenmain campus dormitory buildings:

Nanguang 4# and Nanguang 5# (Tel: 0086-592-2184905)

CaiQingjieBuilding(Tel: 0086-592-2180501)

Off- Siming-campus accommodation:

Due to the shortage of dormitories on Siming campus, self-funded students and awardees of Xiamen University Scholarships should make arrangements for their off-campus living places in advance before registration. Living off campus provides greater opportunities to interact with the locals and to learn about the local community and culture. Students can choose to rent off-campus apartments and the monthly rental is around RMB 2000 per room. When living off-campus, international students will enjoy a quiet learning environment.

Xiang’an Campus:

Students of the School of Life Sciences, Medical School,School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health, College of Ocean and Earth Sciences,College of Environment and Ecology, Coastal and Ocean Management Institute, Institute of Energy Research and Overseas Education College are accommodated on Xiang’an campus. The student apartments are equipped with a comprehensive range of amenities, with all rooms containing a separate bathroom, a telephone, an air conditioner, Internet access points, a water heater, a safe, etc. Master’s students live in double rooms with the accommodation fee of RMB 1,600 per person per year. Master students of Overseas Education College live in double rooms with the accommodation fee of RMB 2,000 per person per year.

(2).Living expenses: Around RMB 750 per month.

(3).Student insurance: RMB 600 per year.

11. Scholarships

n   (1) Chinese Government Scholarships:

The Chinese government provides full or partial scholarships to international students. Full scholarships cover tuition, accommodation, food, healthcare and insurance costs. Partial scholarships cover one or several items covered by full scholarships. China Scholarship Council (CSC) is in charge of the recruitment and the management of Chinese Government Scholarship Programs.

University Postgraduate Programme Scholarship(full scholarship): International applicants for programmes toward a masters degree or a PhD can apply directly to XMU Admissions Office.

Chinese Government Marine Scholarship(full scholarship): The scholarship is to support outstanding students from coastal/island countries inChinas South Sea, the Pacific and Indian Oceans or developing African countries to study in China for a mater's or doctoral degree in oceanography or other related fields. Applicants who are engaged in fields related to oceanography will be given preference. Applications can be submitted directly to XMU Admissions Office.

Chinese Government Scholarships for Specific Countries(full or partial scholarships): Candidates of all categories can apply for this scholarship. They can apply through the educational office of Chinese embassy or consulate in their country between January and April each year. Applicants may refer to the above authorities for application deadlines.

 Agency No. of Xiamen University: 10384

For more information, please visit the website of XMU Admissions Office at and the CSC website at  

(2) Confucius Institute Scholarship--Chinese Language and Culture Programme(full scholarship)

This scholarship is administered by China’s Confucius Institute Headquarters with a view to encouraging students and Chinese language teachers from all over the world to study or do research in Chinese language and culture. The scholarship is offered to applicants for Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL). Holders of this scholarship are exempt from tuition and are given subsidies for accommodation, food, medical and insurance costs. Applications should obtain a recommendation letter from the Confucius Institute in home countries, make online application at and chooseXiamenUniversityas the host university.

(3) Fujian Provincial Government Scholarships for International Students (partial scholarship):

To promote international exchange and cooperation between Fujian Province and the rest of the world, Fujian Provincial Government has set up this scholarship in 2012 to finance international students’ studies in Fujian in an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program. The scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation; cost of course materials, etc. Applicants can apply directly to XMU admissions office.

n   (4) Xiamen University Scholarship for New International Students (partial scholarship)

XMU offers scholarships to doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates. Scholarship awardees will have their tuitions covered (a maximum of 3-4 years for doctoral programmes, 2-3 years for master's programmes, 4-5 years for undergraduate programmes). Moreover, XMU provides monthly living allowances for outstanding master’s or doctoral candidates in accordance with the standards of Chinese Government Scholarships.  Applicants can apply directly to XMU admissions office.


1. Detailed information on scholarships is available at:

2. The awardees' academic performance will be assessed each year and only those achieving the required standard will have their scholarship renewed for the following year.

12. Contact information

Address: 422#Siming South Road,Xiamen University,FujianProvince 361005, P. R. China

 XMU Admissions Office (the enrollment of international students on degree programmes)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2184792, 2188375 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2180256

Web: Email:

Address: Admissions Office ofXiamen University,FujianProvince 361005, P. R. China

 XMU Overseas Education College (the enrolment of Chinese language students)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2186211 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2093346

Web: Email:

 XMU Overseas Students Affairs Office (International Students Registration and Management)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2183606 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2183663

Web: Email:

 HSK Test  Xiamen University Test Centre

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2181012, 2187478 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2093346

For more information on the HSK test, please visit