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Asia Pacific Studies

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

Are you keen to understand more about the Asia Pacific region and its major role in the global economy? The MA in Asia Pacific Studies explores society, economy, politics, international relations and some of the pressing security issues in the region.

The MA provides a stimulating blend of theory and policy, and you’ll be encouraged to explore the interplay between the two.

You’ll broaden and deepen your understanding of major issues, developments and discourses about the history, politics, economy, society and culture of the region, leading to an in-depth dissertation on an area of your own personal or professional interest.

Why study with us

  • Our MA in Asia Pacific Studies provides a unique approach on a diverse range of themes with strong overviews on the region and its specificity in various spheres, including the cultural and creative industries which offer great opportunities for employability.
  • You can choose to focus on either the social science research dissertation or project report based on your internship experience or equivalent, through your dissertation module (AI4990).
  • Student on our MA Asia Pacific Studies programme can benefit from our Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) and the Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP).

What you'll do

  • You’ll benefit from tutors who bring their experience of teaching and research in Humanities and Social Sciences bringing a rigorous and analytical approach to the subject.
  • This postgraduate programme places great emphasis on student-centred learning and provides a stimulating blend of theory and policy. The degree introduces students to the society, economy, politics and international relations of the region through a wide range of materials and perspectives, and encourages students to develop their critical analysis of these materials.
  • The Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP), the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITS), the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP), and the Centre of Austronesian Studies (COAST) will provide various opportunities for you to engage in, for instance, international conferences and roundtable discussions.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

The MA in Asia Pacific Studies will provide you with a comparative advantage for careers in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global businesses requiring knowledge and expertise in the international relations of East Asia.

The MA is designed so that, on completion, you’ll have studied relevant subjects and made the necessary preparation for doctoral research.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

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