Asian Studies

About us

Bringing together the subject areas of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Sanskrit, we cover some of the world's most vibrant regions. We are also the only HEI in Scotland to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Chinese and Japanese.

Why study with us?

A regional perspective

As the only university in Scotland to deliver full undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in both Chinese and Japanese, and one of the few institutions in the UK to offer a range of language and studies options in Korean and Sanskrit, we help you develop your specialist knowledge of China, Japan, Korea and Sanskrit, while also stressing the connections, and tensions, within the region.

First class teaching and research

Our teaching is award winning, and our research is internationally recognised for its excellence. We are seen as innovators in teaching both within and beyond the university, and our research spans diverse fields including film and media, literature, religion, society and politics. What's more, we believe in research led teaching, which means you will be working with us at the cutting edge of East Asian Area Studies.

A truly international experience

You will have the opportunity to spend a year of your degree at one of our partner institutions, which include some of the most prestigious universities in China, Taiwan, and Japan. All of our partner universities offer comprehensive language training, and we continue to give support and advice from Edinburgh.

Comprehensive academic training and support

Our degree programmes are carefully designed to introduce skills and knowledge in a way that is clear, coherent and interconnected. We support your academic development through methods training at all stages of your degree, provide you with detailed feedback along the way, and make sure you have the space to develop your own goals and reflect on your progress towards achieving them.

A sense of belonging

We believe strongly in the importance of community and belonging. We have a lively regular seminar series, award winning peer support groups for Chinese and Japanese Studies, and hold regular cultural events.

Preparation for the next step

On top of your in-depth area expertise and language skills, with us you will develop the transferable skills – critical thinking, planning and time management, effective verbal and written transcultural communication, team-work and leadership – you need for the next step beyond university. Our students have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of fields, including law, banking, media, translation, politics and academia.