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Asia Pacific Studies (International) BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: T301

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


Encompassing Northeast Asia (e.g. China and Japan), Southeast Asia (e.g. Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam), Pacific America (e.g. United States) and Oceania (e.g. Australia), and home to over a third of the world's population, the Asia-Pacific region contains huge cultural, political and economic diversity.

This degree allows you to study the Asia-Pacific nations from historical, economic, political, social and cultural perspectives, and spend a year at a university in the region to immerse yourself in another culture.

Core modules will lay the foundations of your study, exploring the history, politics and economics of the region. From there, you’ll tailor your studies to suit your interests by choosing from a very wide range of optional modules.

You could learn Chinese, Japanese or Thai from beginner level, or study East Asian religions, politics in Korea or Japanese cinema. You could even look at key challenges in the region today such as energy security or economic development.

Specialist facilities

We have excellent library resources to help you become a strong independent learner, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of it.

If you choose to study a language as part of your degree, you’ll benefit from our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

There’s also our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which offers specialised computing facilities for translation studies and Interpreter Training Suites so you can explore a career in that field.

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Course content

This course offers you the flexibility to focus on the topics and countries that interest you from your first year. You’ll have the option to learn Chinese, Japanese or Thai from beginner level and you’ll be able to explore topics such as Japanese or Chinese history, society and culture or religious texts from East Asia. You’ll also have the opportunity to transfer to one of our Joint Honours programmes if you want to focus more on building advanced language skills.

Over the rest of the course, you’ll continue to deepen your knowledge and enhance your research and critical skills with a range of more advanced modules. You can continue with language study, examine complex issues such as the international politics of Asia-Pacific or energy security, learn about the impact of major religions like Buddhism or explore facets of the culture and history of specific countries. Each module gives you the scope to focus on the topics, themes and countries that suit your own interests.

In Year 3, you’ll attend one of our partner universities in the Asia-Pacific region, where you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. If you are learning a language, this will enable you to develop your skills, but you can attend one of the many institutions where your course is taught in English.

In your final year, you’ll be able to demonstrate the in-depth knowledge and research and critical skills that you have gained with an independent research project, which allows you to focus on a topic of your choice in depth.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Optional modules

Basic Chinese Language 1 20 credits
History and Culture of Imperial China 20 credits
Modern China 10 credits
Chinese Culture in the Twentieth Century 10 credits
Japan in War and Peace 10 credits
Japan: History and International Politics 10 credits
Foundations of East Asia 20 credits
Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits
Basic Thai Language and Culture 1 20 credits
Beginners Korean 20 credits
LCS Academic Essentials 5 credits

Year 2

Optional modules

Japan's International Relations 20 credits
The Making of Modern Thailand 20 credits
Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought 20 credits
Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 1 10 credits
Intermediate Japanese (1) 20 credits
Intermediate Chinese (1) 20 credits
Religion in China 20 credits
Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives 20 credits
Chinese Society 20 credits
East Asia's Regional Political Economy 20 credits
Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present 20 credits
Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations 20 credits
Religion in Japan 20 credits
South East Asia in the Global Context 20 credits
Buddhism: A Lived Tradition 20 credits

Year 3

Optional modules

Year Abroad (Study) 120 credits
Year Abroad (FLA Placement) 120 credits

Year 4

Optional modules

China Since 1979 20 credits
Japan's International Relations 20 credits
The Making of Modern Thailand 20 credits
Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 2 10 credits
Intermediate Japanese 2 20 credits
Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World 20 credits
Intermediate Chinese (II) 20 credits
Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China 20 credits
Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives 20 credits
East Asia's Regional Political Economy 20 credits
Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present 20 credits
Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations 20 credits
South East Asia in the Global Context 20 credits
Religion and Violence 20 credits
Final Year Project: Dissertation 40 credits
Final Year Project: Extended Essay 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Asia Pacific Studies (International) BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll choose from a wide range of options, though in some cases you’ll select modules from specific lists to maintain a balance across your studies. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

We use a wide range of teaching and learning styles, including lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, as well as workshops in some cases. Independent learning is also an important part of your degree, since it allows you to build your research skills and think critically about what you find.


Different types of assessment are also used. It’s usually exams and essays, but some modules may use oral presentations or group work as assessed components. We offer plenty of support to help you manage this, with extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays on offer throughout your time at Leeds.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

  • BTEC

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    M1, M1, M1.

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 77%

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

Asia Pacific Studies is a demanding degree which incorporates a wide range of disciplines. That means that as well as giving you deep understanding of the cultures and communities in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions, it equips you with a range of skills that are very valuable to employers.

You’ll be an independent learner, who can use your research skills to find information from a range of sources and think critically about what you find. You’ll then be able to draw conclusions, communicate and defend them. Teamwork and presentation skills are also highly desirable for employers.

Graduates have begun careers in areas such as business and finance, teaching and publishing. East Asian studies graduates have progressed to careers in law, the civil service and foreign governments, finance, tourism, translation, interpreting, PR, journalism, publishing and research.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

This course includes the opportunity to spend a year at one of our partner institutions arranged through the study abroad office.

Find more about Study Abroad

Order a prospectus online or telephone +44 (0)113 343 2336