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Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Leeds' taught postgraduate programmes enable you to develop a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the countries of East and South-east Asia, or the Asia-Pacific region generally. Taught Masters programmes combine the structure of a rigorous taught course of study with the opportunity to explore a topic of particular interest to you in a dissertation, supervised by one of our specialists in that field. In most cases you can study the Chinese, Japanese or Thai language as part of your programme as well, either building upon your current language skills, or as a beginner.

Three taught MA programmes will be available for the 2017-18 academic year - click on the links for details:

  • MA East Asian Cultures and Societies (Language Pathway) for students who wish to learn or improve their Chinese, Japanese or Thai language skills alongside in-depth study of the politics, economies and societies of the region. You can study the region generally, or focus on China or Japan;
  • MA East Asian Cultures and Societies - in-depth study of the politics, economies and societies of the region without an Asian language element. You can study the region generally, or focus on China or Japan;
  • MA Chinese and Management brings together intensive business and management studies with study of the Chinese language at a level appropriate for you (unless you are a native speaker of Chinese, in which case you simply choose extra East Asian Studies modules instead);
  • East Asian Studies Masters of Research (MRes) will suit students who want to pursue a greater research component than is available under the MA programmes above, but still wish to benefit from rigorous research training. Students interested in Masters entirely by research should see the MPhil and MAR programmes below.
If you are are considering a career in translation, interpreting or intercultural communication between Chinese or Japanese and English, the Centre for Translation Studies offers several internationally recognised programmes which can help you achieve your goals:

For more information about postgraduate study in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, including what the fees will be, please visit the School's Postgraduate studies page. Scholarship information for taught postgraduate programmes is available here.

If English is not your native language and you are new to studying in the UK higher education system, you might consider taking a pre-sessional course in the University's Language Centre during the summer before starting your MA programme.

Research Postgraduate Programmes

If you want to conduct specialised research in a particular discipline relating to China, Japan, Thailand, South East Asia or the Asia-Pacific generally, East Asian Studies at Leeds offers the following research degree programmes:

  • MPhil and Masters by Research (MAR)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

We have a broad range of research expertise and are able to supervise across a spectrum of East Asian Studies related subjects. You can get a sense of our vibrant research culture and some of our current research projects at our Research pages. For details of staff research specialisms, see the People section; it may also be possible to offer joint supervision between East Asian Studies and another academic unit, depending upon the availability of appropriate staff. For further information, including how to apply, go to the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies' Postgraduate research page here or email For information about scholarships, see our funding opportunities page.

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