Asian Studies

Postgraduate study

Asian Studies offers interdisciplinary MSc degree programmes in Chinese, Japanese, Korean Studies, and East Asian Relations. We also welcome applications for our MSc by Research and PhD programmes.

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Chinese Studies at Edinburgh welcomes postgraduates from all over the world. In Chinese Studies we can offer you a first-class experience in postgraduate education and research.

Master of Chinese Studies MSc in Chinese Society and Culture MSc by Research in Chinese PhD in Chinese LLM in Law and Chinese

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Our MSc in Japanese Society and Culture provides students with comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of all relevant areas of Japanese culture and society as well as the analytic and linguistic skills to critically engage with these areas.

MSc in Japanese Society and Culture MSc by Research in Japanese PhD in Japanese

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East Asian Relations

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

MSc in East Asian Relations

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Korean Studies

We are delighted to introduce an MSc in Korean Studies, together with MSc by Research and PhD programmes. Each programme will give you the knowledge and skills to critically engage with developments on the Korean peninsula, drawing regional and historical comparisons.

MSc in Korean Studies

MSc by Research and PhD in Korean Studies


We offer supervision - at both MSc by Research and PhD level - in Sanskrit, Prakrit and Pali language and literature. Additionally, we collaborate with the School of Divinity in the supervision of students whose field of research falls within the area of Religious Studies on topics such as classical Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

MSc by Research in Sanskrit PhD in Sanskrit