Asian Studies

Postgraduate study

Choose from a range of taught and research-led programmes, from one-year masters degrees to PhDs.

What's it like to study here?

As one of the largest and most diverse Schools in the University of Edinburgh, offering one of the widest range of languages of any UK university, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is the ideal place for postgraduate study.

Our interdisciplinary Asian Studies community brings together specialists in the languages, literatures, cultures and politics of China, Japan and Korea with experts in East Asian and international relations. Working with colleagues elsewhere in LLC, and across the wider University, we are able to support research which crosses boundaries between disciplines and/or languages.

You’ll be immersed in a world of learning, with lots of opportunities to participate in our postgraduate community beyond your own study. Events range from talks by visiting speakers and work-in-progress seminars, to reading groups, conferences, workshops, performances, online journals and forums, many of which are student-led.

Our graduates tell us that they value LLC’s friendliness, the connections they make here and the in-depth guidance they receive from our staff, who are experts in their field. Between LLC, the Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development, you’ll find a range of programmes and resources to help you develop your postgraduate skills, as well as having access to the University’s fantastic libraries, collections and worldwide strategic partnerships.

What can I study?

Taught masters (MSc) programmes

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (selected programmes only - eligibility criteria apply)

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Masters by Research (MScR) programmes

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (selected programmes only - eligibility criteria apply)

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PhD (doctoral) programmes

Full-time, three years (all students) ꟾ part-time, six years (eligibility criteria apply)

Browse our range of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programmes

Not sure which programme is right for you?

We're happy to help you decide between taught and research-led masters programmes.

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), our research was submitted in the categories of:

  • Modern Languages and Linguistics
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Theology

The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - third in the UK based on the quality and breadth of its research in Modern Languages and Linguistics alone, according to Times Higher Education's REF power ratings.

The Research Excellence Framework is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Our REF performance recognises that our excellent work has a direct impact both nationally and internationally in politics, business and the third sector.

Read more about our performance in REF 2021

QS World Rankings by Subject 2024

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are ranked 4th in the UK for the broad subject area Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we’re in the World Top 10 for Modern Languages (10).

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on research citations and the results of major global surveys of employers and academics.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

Are you currently studying with us?

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