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How will East Asia accommodate the rise of a more economically and militarily assertive China? Is the US declining as a superpower in the region, or will it maintain its regional dominance? Does Japan still have designs upon regional economic leadership, and will it come to play a bigger military role in the region? How does a ‘non-state’ conduct international relations?
Our MA in International Politics and East Asia gives you the opportunity to approach and answer these questions from a disciplinary basis. This is not a traditional area studies course on East Asia, but rather a disciplinary degree that focuses on the region for its case studies and thus offers unique advantages: strong disciplinary expertise combined with genuine regional expertise. East Asia’s emergence as the most
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2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Politics and International Studies or a closely related subject (however, all serious applications from other disciplines will be considered); a strong personal statement. English level - IELTS score of 7.0, with a maximum of 6.0 or 6.5 in up to two categories, or equivalent score on another acceptable test.
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I was set on doing my postgraduate degree on East Asia, and when I found out about the IPEA programme at Warwick, I immediately applied. However, where I had been focused mainly on Japan and China before, IPEA piqued my interest in the region as a whole – including countries I’d never studied before, such as Vietnam and South Korea – not to mention in issues I’d never examined in-depth, such as gender relations and labour movements.
My fellow coursemates were all some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met and talked with, and we have remained close friends; likewise, the tutors were all excellent and provided not only a guiding voice during seminars and office hours, but also a valuable line of support and feedback throughout the academic year. In fact, one of my fondest memories of the programme was when I – along with my coursemates and one of our tutors – went out for dinner and karaoke at the end of the spring term.
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