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Discover how media can influence the political landscape of a region - MA Politics and Media in East Asia

MA Politics and Media in East Asia - Discover how media can influence the political landscape of a region

From social media trends to mass media coverage and public diplomacy, the way news and current affairs are reported can have a major influence on the way we see the world and how countries influence each other, while setting political agendas in East Asia.

The MA Politics and Media in East Asia is unique in offering students an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the interweaving of media and politics with a particular focus on East Asia. Students will learn about major political trends in the region, while developing in-depth knowledge about the role media plays in these developments by influencing public opinion and shaping mutual perception of people in the region.

Course Content

This course offers theoretical and practical training drawing on the interdisciplinary strength in the School of East Asian Studies at The University of Sheffield. Depending on your interests, you can specialise in either politics or media trends, while acquiring essential knowledge about both fields through core modules.

Core Modules

  • Project/Dissertation
  • International Politics of East Asia
  • Media, Culture and Society in East Asia

Optional modules

Choose from a range of modules which may include: Contemporary Chinese Society and Media: Media and Public Communication in Japan: The Political Economy of China, and Global Governance and Japan

You can find a full list of optional modules here.

Studying an East Asian Language

If you wish to study an East Asian language, we offer flexible, innovative and highly-rated language programmes in Chinese, Japanese and Korean at a variety of levels for non-native speakers. You can take East Asian language modules as part of your optional modules.

Discover how media can influence the political landscape of a region - MA Politics and Media in East Asia

Your Career

Knowledge about both political and media trends in East Asia is highly valuable for careers in the media industry, journalism, consulting, and NGOs, specializing in East Asia and the Pacific region. You will also be an excellent candidate for government posts, including Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Cultural Affairs, Defence, Intelligence, Home Office, and Customs. The course's broad conceptual training will also prepare you for further studies in the doctoral level in the field of politics and media.

Entry Requirements

This Master’s programme is aimed at students from a variety of undergraduate subject areas and is ideal for graduates from Asian Studies, Politics, Journalism and other social sciences and humanities disciplines who are interested in East Asia and looking to pursue a career in Journalism and Media, International Relations, Government or Policy Analysis.

You'll need at least a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements: Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in all other components.

Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships

The University of Sheffield is pleased to offer 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2019.

The deadline to submit an application is Monday 13th May 2019.

Discover how media can influence the political landscape of a region - MA Politics and Media in East Asia
Discover how media can influence the political landscape of a region - MA Politics and Media in East Asia

“Every teacher in our school is very kind and happy to help us with our studies and daily life. I am very honoured to have them as my teachers.”

Yu Yang
Masters Student in the School of East Asian Studies

School of East Asian studies

With a history dating back to 1963, the School of East Asian Studies is one of Europe´s leading centres of academic excellence for the study of contemporary East Asia, with research and teaching covering China, Japan and Korea. Our internationally-recognised staff are specialists in East Asian business studies and economics, history and society, international relations, language and linguistics, literature, politics and political economy.

East Asia's rich history, vast population and diverse cultures make it a fascinating area of study. Its growing economic power and influence also make it an important pathway to employment.

Whether you are learning about Japan, Greater China, the Korean peninsula or East Asia more broadly, you will be able to tap into the new knowledge generated by current research being undertaking in the School.

Discover how media can influence the political landscape of a region - MA Politics and Media in East Asia

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