This is the Department's newest MA programme. It provides students with a compulsory core of development studies options, options relevant to social, political and economic development in East Asia or components of it, as well as research training leading to the writing of a placement-based research project and the opportunity to develop relevant skills in an East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Indonesian or Thai).
During the summer period, students on this programme will undertake a 2 to 3 month work placement with a relevant development NGO, international aid body, or international development organisation project in East Asia or dealing with the East Asian region or its constituent countries and areas.
This MA programme equips students with high-level academic and research capacity in East Asian development, including development studies theories and methods, as well as empirically-based understanding of development in the context of political, economic and social change in wider Asia Pacific region. In doing this, it draws on the academic expertise in Northeast and Southeast Asian Studies in the Department, in the Leeds University Business School and the Centre for Development Studies, together with the range and depth of language provision available and the substantial library and electronic research resources of the University on the East Asian region.
12 months full time; 24 months part-time
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 (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian or Mongolian)
* Research training modules
* Core area studies modules in the various development aspects of East Asia
* Further East Asia- and Asia-Pacific related optional modules offered by our Department or others
* A work placement based dissertation