If you’re a native speaker or you have substantial training in Chinese, Japanese or Thai, this programme will prepare you for a career in research with an area specialism.
Half of the programme will give you a solid foundation in East Asian studies and research methodologies, equipping you with a range of subject knowledge, consolidating your language skills and preparing you to conduct independent, theory-driven research. In the other half, you’ll apply all of this to your own research project comprising 50% of the MRes, supervised by a member/members of the Faculty.
You’ll study in a stimulating research environment with plenty of opportunities to attend research events and conferences, not just within East Asian Studies but also at School and University level.
Our tutors are conducting world-class research in diverse fields across East Asian Studies, and you’ll benefit from teaching that’s informed by their own work. It’s a great opportunity to prepare for a career in academic or professional research.
By choosing to study East Asian Studies at Leeds you will be joining a leading centre for research in the region, with over 50 years of history. In addition to the academic strengths that we have accrued over this time, we have developed an extensive and active international network of alumni. Leeds is also home to very substantial and world-renowned specialist library collections.
The programme is divided in half, with 50% advanced research training and 50% independent research on a specialist topic of your choice.
Advanced methodological training will cover the key stages of the research process and equip you to conduct independent research informed by a sound theoretical understanding. You’ll also practice skills such as writing abstracts, papers and proposals as well as verbal presentations and group discussions, preparing you to present and share your research.
The remainder of the programme will be spent working with a supervisor in the faculty on your own research project, focusing on a topic that interests you perhaps laying the foundations for future academic research.
We use a range of teaching and learning methods such as lectures and seminars. You’ll be expected to participate fully in these by giving presentations and conducting your own research and reading before taught sessions. Of course, independent research is vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and explore your own ideas and interests.
You’ll also experience a range of assessment methods, depending on the taught modules you choose. These may include exams and essays as well as presentations, literature reviews, project work and in-course assessment among others. Language modules may also include different forms of assessment such as translation tests. Your dissertation will be assessed based on the final, submitted piece of work.
The emphasis on independent research and advanced methodological training on this programme means it offers ideal preparation for PhD study, or professional research roles in government, media, business or the charity and voluntary sectors.
You’ll also gain important skills such as analysis, problem-solving, oral and written communication as well as cultural awareness, all of which are valuable in a wide range of careers in different sectors.
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.
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.
The last 20 years have been a period of transition for Japan.
The abrupt end in the early 1990s of Japan’s seemingly unstoppable economic growth plunged the nation into two decades of recession, which has in turn brought to the fore a range of social and political issues accumulated since the Second World War.
The end of Japanese economic superiority also coincided with the end of the Cold War, an event that brought about new regional and global dynamics, and with them new security challenges.
Meanwhile, Japanese culture has experienced a renaissance, with Japan recognised worldwide as a centre of global ‘cool’, and Japanese cultural products continuing to find new markets and influence new demographics worldwide.
The overall picture is of a rapidly changing nation in the vanguard of post-industrial societies — fascinating not only for its rich traditional heritage and diversity, but also for what its recent experience can tell us about world trends.
Understanding such complexity requires an interdisciplinary approach, and we offer you the opportunity to explore Japanese history, international relations, politics, religion, and arts, and help you see the connections between them.
Using Japanese source materials in tandem with the extensive English language literature on Japan, we will help you build upon and develop your own interests, focus on the aspects of Japan that fascinate you, and support you as you carry out your own original research project.
By the end of the programme you will have acquired specialist skills and knowledge that mark you out as an expert on Japan, and the confidence to apply those skills in industry, academia or beyond.
The programme is taught through a combination of seminars and tutorials. You will take one compulsory and four option courses, as well as a compulsory research skills and methods course. After two semesters of taught courses you will conduct your own research for your dissertation.
Option courses may include:
Students who follow the programme will:
Those with previous experience in Japanese language learning will have the opportunity to develop the necessary linguistic skills to conduct research in defined areas within Japanese Studies by retrieving, selecting, translating and assimilating information from Japanese sources.
The flexibility of focus this programme offers makes it an ideal foundation for advanced study, potentially leading to an academic career. Teaching or curatorship roles in cultural institutions are alternative career pathways
The transferable skills you gain in communication, project management and presentation will prove a valuable asset to employers in any field.
Study your specialist subject in detail and take the opportunity to contribute to the world's knowledge in that area. Enhance your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving abilities and learn to create and assess new ideas.
Working alongside some of New Zealand’s leading academic staff, you'll complete a research thesis of up to 40,000 words and emerge as an expert in your subject with highly developed research skills.
Victoria's MA is offered in more than 40 subjects. Most programmes are by thesis only but some include coursework and require a shorter thesis, and others you can complete doing mainly coursework and a research project.
A Master of Arts will give your career prospects a boost and open doors to new opportunities. Be a leader in a humanities or social science field and help make New Zealand a better place.
If you are doing an MA by thesis you'll normally need to complete it within 12 months, or two years if you're studying part time.
If you are doing your MA by coursework and thesis you'll normally be able to complete your degree within 12 months, but you can take up to one year and six months. Part-time students can take up to four years to complete this MA.
If you are studying full time you can expect a workload of a minimum of 30 hours a week for much of the year. If you can't commit this many hours you should enrol as a part-time student.
The programme is directed to anyone interested in foreign politics as well as international economic relations and basic legal issues. Each and every student has to take the core courses in both European and Asian studies. All students are required to study either French or German. In addition, several other European languages as well as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean can be taken as free electives.
The programme is unique in the region because of its balanced attitude towards the European Union and Asia-Pacific area. Teaching is supported by research in both directions. Cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Stanford University, Canterbury University in New Zealand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pusan National University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and many other outstanding centres of social sciences all over the world.
The two-year Master’s program in International Relations and European-Asian Studies builds upon bachelor studies and is designed to prepare specialists with the potential to work in various areas of International Relations such as diplomacy and the conduct of foreign relations as well as mass media, policy planning or academic research etc. The program aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to take advantage of an increasing range of professional opportunities of an international dimension. The students can develop their specialisation in the narrower fields of political, legal and economic studies.
The students obtain a solid basic knowledge and skills in planning and doing research in their field. They learn about the basics and latest developments in theories of political science and international relations. Current issues on the scene of international life today are frequently discussed in class with a special focus on the problems concerning security, conflict resolution and terrorism. The students take a special module concerning European-Asian studies, including European/Asian politics, economy and EU law. This educational background offers them the possibility to obtain excellent qualifications for a successful career in the EU and Asian institutions. In addition, academic career is open for those willing to pursue it.
The Department of International Relations at Tallinn University of Technology offers advanced programmes in the field of International Relations at the Bachelor and Master level, which are unique in the region. International Relations as an interdisciplinary field of social science typically consists of international politics, international law and international economy. These fields are in the main focus of our programmes. Concerning teaching the law courses, we are developing cooperation with The Tallinn Law School. In addition, there is an emphasis on courses introducing the history and basics of diplomacy, security studies, political and cultural communication, etc. Our students learn about the foundation, historical development and current trends of the democratic society in the international context. Language-based area studies are becoming an important research focus of the department. This brings us into direct contact with the developing world. Our students have the requirement to learn at least two foreign languages.
In addition, our students have an opportunity to take or choose from seven Asia-related courses framed by the interdisciplinary joint educational module that is offered by our university as well as Tartu and Tallinn University. The aforementioned module is called ‘Asian Societies, Economy and Politics’.
The graduates of our programmes have a wide range of opportunities open in front them. They can work in different types of institutions ranging from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies to several kinds of international organisations and companies in both public and private sectors.
Besides local Professors, the faculty comes from a large variety of different regions of the world, i.e., the USA, Spain, 1 Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Japan and Ukraine. The faculty members have solid academic background and substantial teaching experience. In addition, we have interesting practitioners with a background in diplomacy, foreign office and other areas of political activity as part time faculty. Our cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Stanford University, Canterbury University in New Zealand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pusan National University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and many other outstanding centers of social sciences all over the world.
Our graduates work in different types of foreign services, including diplomatic ones. They can be political analysts and observers in the media or work for private companies that are active internationally. Our graduates have been employed in the organisations adjacent to the EU. But we can also find a commander of an anti-piracy squad among them. We are aiming at keeping the brightest graduates as the reserve for our own faculty.
Our graduates can continue their studies in doctoral programmes of a large variety, specialising in International Relations and Political Science, European Studies, Asian-Pacific Studies, Conflict Resolution, Intercultural Communication, etc.