Asian Studies

Undergraduate study

Choose from MA programmes in Chinese and Japanese, either as single honours degrees, or as part of a joint degree.

Chinese dragon


One of the world’s earliest civilisations, China is once again a major economic and political global power; one whose scale makes an understanding of regional and cultural differences essential.

Specialising in teaching students with little or no prior knowledge of the language, Edinburgh is the only university in Scotland to offer undergraduate honours programmes in Chinese. You will learn to read, write and speak modern standard Chinese while exploring Chinese and East Asian history, literature and culture, past and present.

You can take Chinese as a single honours subject, or jointly with one of a wide range of other subjects. Joint honours degree options range from Economics and International Business, to History of Art and a number of European languages.

You’ll complete a four-year MA degree, with your third year spent in full, or in part, in either China or Taiwan.

MA Chinese Find joint degrees with Chinese on the Degree Finder

Japanese written characters on orange wall


Japan is a vibrant, modern society with a fascinating and ancient culture. Whether you are interested in its long history or in the startling contrasts which its modern face offers to the informed observer, the study of Japan and its language is a great and rewarding challenge.

MA Japanese Find joint degrees with Japanese on the Degree Finder



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