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  MDP in East Asian Studies

University of Turku    University of Turku Masters Programmes

Full time August MSc 2 years full time
History & Archaeology (19) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Sociology (33)

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Unleash your potential with the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) at the University of Turku. Dive deep into the vibrant societies of contemporary East Asia and emerge as a specialist in this dynamic region. Through a comprehensive curriculum, you will explore East Asian history, politics, and societies, while honing your research skills in social sciences. The programme offers a unique opportunity to study East Asian languages, enhancing your understanding and research capabilities. With modules like Conflicts and Cooperation in East Asia and China’s Urban Governance, you will gain valuable insights into the region's complexities. Graduates find rewarding careers in public, private, and third sectors, with opportunities in diplomacy, international organisations, and more. Join us if you hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree and aspire to make a difference in the world of East Asian studies. Your journey to becoming an East Asia expert starts here.

About the course

The Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia.

Gain in-depth knowledge of today’s East Asian societies and become a specialist in the most dynamic region of the world!

Students gain expertise on East Asian contemporary history, politics and societies and learn social science research methods to become area specialists on East Asia. East Asian languages are studied as part of the degree to support students’ acquisition of knowledge and Master’s thesis research.

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Entry Requirements

You are an eligible applicant for master’s level studies if:
• you have a nationally recognised first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
• your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
• your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you are applying to.

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Student Profile

Kristýna Hřivnáčová

“I chose Turku because the language courses here are wonderful, not to mention the array of interesting electives. UTU is more work than I was used to, but with chocolate, tea, and a deep desire to defeat the Japanese language, I’m doing well. And, quite honestly, after three years of working, it’s lovely to return to studying in an international environment full of supportive, friendly lecturers and classmates from whom I can learn more about East Asia – and about a lot of other things, too.”


The University offers a generous scholarship programme for students who are subject to the tuition fees. The scholarship programme has 3 categories:

2-year scholarship that covers the entire tuition fee for 2 academic years.
2-year scholarship that covers 50 % of the tuition fee for 2 academic years.
1-year scholarship for outstanding performance during the 1st study year. The scholarship covers the 2nd year tuition fee.

A scholarship will be granted to up to 30 % of the admitted students who are subject to tuition fees and have applied for a scholarship. You can apply for a 2-year scholarship at the same time as applying for admission to one of our Master’s degree programmes. There is a separate application process for the 1-year scholarship during your first study year.

The University also offers the Fulbright-University of Turku Graduate Award for studies beyond the Bachelor level at the University of Turku. The award includes a grant of 1000€/month and a scholarship covering the tuition fee. This award is open to U.S. citizens that are accepted to one of the programmes in the university.

The scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. Extracurricular activities are not evaluated and means testing is not used. The programmes rank their applicants based on the admission criteria that may include an interview, motivation letter or relevant academic experience in addition to the grades of the previous degree. The highest ranked applicants are then proposed to the scholarship committee as candidates for the scholarships. The committee awards the scholarships to the best candidates of each programme. The candidates may be offered a full scholarship or a 50% scholarship.

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Covers tuition fee fully or partially


The University offers a generous scholarship programme for students who are subject to the tuition fees.

Application Procedure

The University of Turku offers scholarships for students who are subject to the tuition fee. Applying for a scholarship is simple: just indicate “yes” in the appropriate questions on your application form for the programme. All applicants that have applied for a scholarship will receive information of the decisions in their admission offer.

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