The School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) offers a stimulating environment for postgraduate study on China, Korea and Japan. In 2007, SEAS joined with the University of Leeds to establish the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC)—a £4 million project funded by the UK government which is now home to the National Institute of Chinese Studies and the National Institute for Japanese Studies. SEAS is also host to the Sheffield Confucius Institute, and maintains close links with leading universities in China, Japan and Korea.
SEAS provides research-led teaching in the social sciences and humanities. Recent staff publications on China and the Chinese-speaking world include works on rural economic growth, the political economy of industrial safety, the language of the Chinese media, and urban histories. On Japan, ongoing research has addressed Japan’s engagement with the United Nations and the G8, the political economy of reproduction, shifting work and employment practices, ethnicity, gender and nation, East Asian economies and foreign direct investment, and law and corporate governance in China.
We offer flexible and innovative language programmes that allow non-native speakers of Chinese, Japanese and Korean to study the language at beginners’ level, intermediate level or above, either intensively, or as a minor option within a degree.
The MA and MSc programmes taught in Sheffield are full-time, 12-month programmes. Shorter programmes, including postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates, are available in most degree areas.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of occupations: in business, SEAS graduates are working to facilitate joint venture partnerships between European and British companies and on the the Asia desks of Europe’s multinationals; in government and non-governmental organisations, former students have worked in the promotion of technical and scientific exchange, and in educational development in western China; we have graduates undertaking research degrees and working in academia in the UK and overseas, and in translation - most recently in the European localization of the Kawashima Brain Training games for Nintendo – in publishing, arts administration and cultural or educational exchange.
What our graduates say:
"I have gained a great deal from this course and would recommend it to anyone keen to take their Japanese to a higher level. The strong emphasis on practical speaking, writing and translation skills means that I am now much more confident about using Japanese in the future. It has been an extremely varied course, as challenging as it has been rewarding." (Mark Boyle, Advanced Japanese Studies)
"My MA in Chinese Studies at Sheffield opened up many avenues for me, from an internship at the UN, to work in China, and developing scientific exchanges between the UK and Asia for the Royal Society." (Robert Morini, Chinese Studies)
Further details of recent SEAS activities, including graduate profiles, can be found on our website http://www.shef.ac.uk/seas