The programme provides students with in-depth knowledge of the politics, economies and societies of the Asia Pacific region, together with the discipline-based, academic and transferable skills required to analyse and understand developments there. The resources and expertise of the Department and other Asia Pacific-related elements of the University make possible a wide range of options for study, research and linguistic development in relation to China, Japan, Mongolia and many other parts of East Asia, and the inter-relationships within the region as a whole.
As a result of the programme’s flexibility, it can be adapted to meet a range of postgraduate student needs and interests. It enables students to apply academic analysis to their experience of the region and/or to convert past training in another academic discipline for application to the Asia Pacific, while providing the opportunity to develop or enhance relevant language skills. Students are able to acquire academic and research techniques that prepare them for further postgraduate study of the region, together with the knowledge and analytical abilities necessary for a wide range of careers in or with the region. At the same time, through the management of their assignments and their work with students and staff from within and beyond the Asia Pacific region, they will be acquiring transferable skills in inter-personal and cross-cultural relations, as well as the ability to devise, organise and carry out independent projects of their own.
As the Asia Pacific continues to develop in global economic and political significance, those with high-level knowledge of its economic, political and social systems and appropriate linguistic and other skills will be increasingly valuable in providing the research and analysis necessary to understand and operate in the region.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Department of East Asian Studies
The Department was in 1963 and is one of Europe's largest teaching and research centres on the Asia Pacific Region. It provides postgraduate and undergraduate teaching programmes in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Mongolian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, and South East Asian Studies.
The Department was set up with a deliberately modern bias, unlike the more traditional departments that emphasise classical studies. Our twenty three academic members of staff include several native and near-native speakers of Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Indonesian and Thai, and our research activity includes work in the social sciences and in language and literature. The Department received a rating of 5 (out of 5) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise and 23 (out of 24) in its Teaching Quality Assessment in 1997.We currently teach approximately 350 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate students.
What you study
* An East Asian language of your choice (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Mongolian)
* Research training modules
* Core area studies modules in the international relations and political economy of the Asia-Pacific
* Further Asia-Pacific related optional modules offered by our Department or others
* A dissertation based on a Asia-Pacific studies related subject of your choice (within supervisory expertise of the Department