Asian Studies

Postgraduate degrees

We offer both taught and research degrees. Most of these can be undertaken on a full or part-time study basis.

Taught Masters

Master of Chinese Studies (MCS)

This is a challenging but rewarding interdisciplinary 2 years taught Master of Chinese Studies (MCS).

It offers an intensive language programme of more than 800 hours language tuition including six months of study at the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai, a newly designated Special Economic Zone.

Combined with a broad range of options in all aspects of Chinese politics, economy and business, society and culture you can tailor your studies according to your specific interests, i.e. Business, Culture, History or a portfolio mixture of all subjects.

MSc in East Asian Relations

This 1 year MSc in East Asian Relations is designed to equip students with recognised Masters-level training in both Chinese/Japanese Studies and social, political, historical and cultural dimensions of international relations of East Asia.

The growing interest in the thriving field of East Asian Relations and the growing significance of East Asia as a region to international politics makes this programme highly attractive for prospective students who are seeking an academic understanding of the region for either scholarly or professional purposes.

MSc in East Asian Relations

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MSc in Chinese Society and Culture (formerly MSc in Modern Chinese Cultural Studies)

The taught MSc in Chinese Society and Culture offers you core courses in Chinese Cultural Studies in which we discuss keywords which form a basic understanding of Modern China and key issues in Chinese Studies.

You will then choose other options in the fields of literature, literary theory, cultural studies or film studies.

LLM in Law and Chinese

The LLM in Law and Chinese offers you a two-year taught programme with core courses in Law and Chinese language as well as modern Chinese Politics and Economics.

You will spend the first year in Edinburgh studying law and beginning your Chinese language training. In the summer, and for the first semester of the second year, you will develop language skills and appreciation of Chinese culture at a prestigious Chinese University.

On your return to Edinburgh in the second semester of the second year you will complete your language training and additional courses in law before embarking on a supervised dissertation in law.

Research Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Normally full-time research for 36 months (or part-time 72 months), with examination by thesis only, on a research topic in the fields of modern and traditional Chinese literature, history, popular culture and cinema; joint supervision can also be arranged with other departments.

Master of Science (by research) (MSc)

Full-time study and research for 12 months (or part-time 24 months), with assessed coursework on selected topics in modern Chinese literature and on the theory and methods of literary criticism, followed by a supervised dissertation on a specific topic, and an exam on methodology.