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East Asian Development and the Global Economy MSc

Course Description

This programme aims to develop your interest in and understanding of the economic, cultural and social transformations of the East Asian region. In particular it explores East Asian development within the global economy, the contrasting fortunes of the region's key economies, the specific features of the business and commercial sectors in the region and the developing patterns of trade within East Asia and between East Asian nations and other regions of the world. Optional units offer more detailed examination of developments in the Chinese economy and the political and economic relations between Europe and East Asia.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six taught units, normally taught over 12 weeks, and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units
You must complete the following three units:
-East Asia and Global Development
-International Political Economy
-Theories of Development

Optional units
You can choose three optional units from those offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Options vary each year but may include:
-Conflict, Security and Development
-Small Business Development
-Gender and Development
-Managing and Evaluating Development
-Development Skills in Practice
-Environmental Politics
-Faith and Development
-International Development Organisations
-Foreign Policy Analysis
-US Security Policy
-International Human Rights
-Sino-US relations in global politics
-Japan and East Asia
-East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
-Care, Labour and Gender
-China's International Relations
-European Security
-Religion and Politics in the West
-Understanding Risk
-The Politics of Insecurity

A full list of possible units is available on the SPAIS website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt/msc-unit-guides/

Third term
Independent study for dissertation


Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers.

Many sectors - such as the civil service, NGOs and charity work - require an MSc and some volunteer/internship experience. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, government departments and the European Parliament, among others.

Further details can be found on our careers and alumni website: http://www.bris.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt/ppgtcareersandalumni/

Visit the East Asian Development and the Global Economy MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kaoru Sugai

5262.jpg The decision to study at Bristol was easy because the University is well-known as one of the highest ranked universities in the UK and the city is amazing and vibrant. Located in the south of the UK, it means it offers warm comfortable weather. After coming here, I was confident that everything is true and I knew my intuitive decision was absolutely right.
I am really enjoying my studies on the MSc East Asian Development and Global Economy course because excellent lecturers provide high level lectures and give the latest knowledge of this area to me.

This course makes me realize how important it is to have objective analysis without any biases against East Asian countries when studying this area from a global perspective - it is a hard thing for Asian people to do (including me) because they have unforgettable historical experiences associated with wretched colonialism and wars. Professor Jeffrey Henderson who is one of the world authorities in East Asian Studies leads me to a new way of thinking my studies, and he also makes me open my eyes widely and globally. Professors here guide us to think critically which helps to form our own opinions at the same time having respect for others.

This is quite different from the Japanese academic style, so it is a new and exciting experience for my academic life.
Additionally, the University’s advanced IT system enables me to access a huge amount of e-journals, practice essays, past lectures and exams even when I stay at home, thus it can help me with research. Furthermore, what I want to most emphasize is that the level of University of Bristol students is quite high. I think this will push me to bring out the best in my academic knowledge.
Living in this city is very comfortable and convenient; people are warm-hearted, you can enjoy many delicious restaurants on the beautiful harbourside, and also it is fun to see the historical buildings and the Bristol International Balloon Festival which takes place every August.

Bristol International Airport and Bristol Temple Meads Station are one of the biggest gateways to the UK, so you can come here from all over the world.

I would definitely recommend prospective students to apply to Bristol as I have found that the quality of education is excellent and studying here will give students enriching experiences.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.

Last Updated

19 September 2016

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