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Asia Pacific Studies and Thai Studies BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: T353

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


Thailand has undergone a massive transformation in the past few decades, economically, politically and socially. As it continues to evolve, there has never been a more exciting time to study Thai Studies.

This degree will allow you to develop Thai language skills alongside a deep cultural awareness of the issues facing the nation. You’ll also take modules on a wide variety of topics in Asia Pacific Studies, giving you a broader sense of the regional context in which Thailand is developing.

A combination of core and optional modules will give you a good grounding in the politics and history of the region, while optional modules will give you the chance to shape your degree according to your interests. Whatever you study, you’ll be supported by expert tutors and benefit from excellent facilities, allowing you to gain the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

Leeds has excellent facilities for language study, including a fully equipped Language Centre with digital learning labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

There are also our Interpreter Training Suites, giving you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and the Electronic Resource Information Centre which houses specialised computing facilities for translation studies.

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Course content

In your first year you’ll start with Thai language classes to start building your skills, while being introduced to the history and politics of the Asia Pacific. You’ll also choose from a wide range of optional modules to explore themes as broad as East Asian religions, development issues and Chinese or Japanese culture.

Once you’ve completed your first year, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in Thai culture during your residence abroad – experience which will give you a new perspective on your studies when you return to Leeds.

You’ll build on that with advanced language classes to really sharpen your spoken and written Thai, alongside core modules giving you a grounding in the politics and economics of the Asia Pacific region.

Further optional modules in your final two years will allow you to really tailor your degree to your interests, from Buddhism to Japan’s environmental challenges and the role of women in Chinese society. You’ll also have the chance to undertake an independently researched dissertation to demonstrate the critical and research skills you’ve acquired.

Course structure

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

Year 1

Compulsory modules

IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Basic Thai Language and Culture

Optional modules

Japan in War and Peace 10 credits
Foundations of East Asia 20 credits
Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia 20 credits
Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits
World Histories 20 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits
Basic Chinese or Japanese Language

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad in Thailand 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

The Making of Modern Thailand 20 credits
Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 1 20 credits
Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 2 20 credits

Optional modules

China Since 1979 20 credits
Japan's International Relations 20 credits
An Introduction to Cantonese (1) 10 credits
Intermediate Japanese (1) 20 credits
Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan 20 credits
Intermediate Chinese (1) 20 credits
Contemporary Southeast Asia 20 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Thai Language and Culture I 20 credits
Advanced Thai language and Culture II 20 credits
Final year project

Optional modules

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
Buddhism: A Lived Tradition 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Asia Pacific Studies and Thai Studies 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

We use a range of teaching and learning styles so you can benefit from the expertise of our tutors. They include lectures, tutorials and small-group seminars, as well as workshops in some subjects.

Independent study is also an integral part of your degree – it allows you to develop your research and critical skills. Leeds has a wealth of resources to help you do this: for example, the University Library runs a comprehensive training programme to help you get the best out of our great library resources.


Assessments are conducted using a range of methods too. Exams and essays are the most common, but oral presentations and group work may also be included in some modules. Support is always on hand; you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues like public speaking, structuring essays and exam technique.

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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.

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

A degree in Asia Pacific Studies and Thai Studies can equip you with language skills and deep cultural insight into a fast-growing country in a region which has taken on new international significance in the past few decades. That means it could open doors to a wide range of careers related to Thailand and the Asia Pacific, but you’ll also have a wide range of transferable skills that employers value.

You’ll be an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing, able to present and defend your own views clearly. You’ll also have strong research and analytical skills, allowing you to find information from different sources and think critically about what you find. Studying abroad for a year will also enhance your employability, demonstrating your independence and adaptability.

Recent graduates of Thai Studies have moved into a wide range of careers in Thailand, the UK and worldwide including business, journalism, diplomacy, teaching, overseas aid, tourism, broadcasting, public relations, and language-based roles such as translating and interpreting.

We do everything we can to help you to prepare for your career. Students have had the opportunities to undertake internships at the Royal Thai Embassy, while they also have the chance to get involved with student-led publication East Asian Student Times (EAST).

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

Residence abroad

You’ll spend your second year at institutes such Chiang Mai University in Thailand, surrounded by Thai culture with plenty of opportunities to experience first-hand the issues you have been studying.

For many of our students it’s the real highlight of the degree – as well as improving your language skills in intensive language classes, you’ll have plenty of time to travel and explore this fascinating country. You might even come back with a fresh perspective to bring to your studies.

Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies

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