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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years FT, one year China, one year London

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    12 October 2017

Course content

Our Double Masters in Asian & European Affairs MA will give you an in-depth knowledge of the politics, economics and society of Asia and Europe. You will study at two world-leading institutions: Renmin University of China, where you will benefit from its expertise on China and Asia; and King’s College London, where you will benefit from our expertise in European affairs. Together we will provide you with the knowledge to critically understand and assess Asian, European and global politics. 

Key benefits

  • Opportunity to learn about both contemporary Asia and Europe with a particular focus on economic, political and societal dynamics.
  • Study at two of the world’s most prestigious universities, in two of the world’s most dynamic cities (one year in Beijing, one year in London).
  • Unique opportunity to develop a sensitivity towards social, cultural and political differences greatly valued by employers.
  • Possibility of learning Chinese contributes to employability.
  • For Chinese students, reaching proficiency in English contributes to employability.
  • European & International Studies staff contributed in a major way to King’s being ranked first for research power in the field of Politics and International Relations (2014 Research Excellence Framework).


The EU is the largest economic block in the world and Asia is the fastest-growing region. This course will equip you with sufficient knowledge about the two regions to work in either of them or in international institutions. You will have the opportunity to study and understand a variety of political, economic and societal topics and to gain specialised knowledge on two topics of your choice and develop advanced research skills through two research dissertations – one for Renmin University of China and one for King’s.

Renmin University of China (RUC) is a leading research university focusing on humanities and social sciences. Its scope covers natural sciences, information technology and environmental sciences. According to the China Ministry of Education, Renmin is ranked first for the study of political science, public administration, economics, law, statistics, business administration and sociology. The School of International Studies (SIS) is one of the earliest institutes to engage in the teaching and research of political science and international affairs. Because of this, the school has established strong academic traditions and accumulated invaluable historical experience, making it a leading and influential teaching and research base in the fields of political science and international studies in China.

King’s is one of the top universities in the world, as well as one of the most recognised institutions for the study of politics, political economy and international relations. Our Department benefits from links to other departments via the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Law and Governance, making us an excellent place to study contemporary European affairs.

Course purpose

Offers postgraduate-level education in Asian and European affairs. Provides students with the opportunity to study and understand a variety of political, economic and societal topics and to gain specialised knowledge on two topics of their choice through the completion of two research dissertations (one for Renmin University of China, the other for King's).

Further literature


Course format and assessment


You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision.

In year 1, students are expected to successfully complete 28 RUC credits. In year 2, students will have six hours per week of teaching during term time as well as 34 hours of self-study per week.

For Renmin University of China, one credit equates to 16 class hours.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work at King’s.


You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by: 50% examination and 50% coursework in year 1, and 100% coursework in year 2.

Year 2: The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay; other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

Students undertaking this course would be ideally placed to work in the public sector, in government and international organisations, particularly in departments working on European and/or Asian issues. Graduates would be well placed to gain roles in journalism, consultancy and think tanks in the private sector.

Visit the Double Masters in Asian & European Affairs - MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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