MSc Asian Politics

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honors degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

Containing 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia is the setting for many of the most important political issues in the world today. These issues include the rise of China and India, economic dynamism of the Asian-Pacific area, regional integration (ASEAN, SAARC, Shanghai Cooperation Organization), security hotspots (Korean Peninsula, Taiwan Straits, India-Pakistan, the ‘global war on terror’), democratic transition and consolidation, the survival of non-democratic regimes, and identity conflicts of ethnicity, religion and language. To understand these and other political processes, this MSc programme draws upon the concepts and methods of the sub-disciplines of comparative politics (political sociology and political economy) and international relations. The evidence from Asia will also reveal the relevance and limitations of the concepts and methods derived from North American/European settings and suggest ways in which they may be modified.

The expertise available in the Department enables students to concentrate on one of the sub-regions of Asia, (East Asia. South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia) should they choose to do so. Alternatively, they may follow a more comparative approach by selecting a mixture of units covering different sub-regions.


Students take taught modules to the value of 4 full units + dissertation:

  • 90 credits from List A (compulsory);
  • 30 credits from List B or C or any open option with the approval of the degree convenor
  • Dissertation on some aspect of Asian Politics (compulsory).

NB. A maximum of 30 credits may be selected from China-focused modules (15PPOC012, 15PPOC018 or 15PPOC252).

A. 90 credits:

  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 (15credits) Term 2
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 (30 credits) Full Year
  • China and international politics 15PPOC018 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 (30 credits) Full Year
  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 - Not Running 2017/18
  • The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18

B. ONE or TWO of the following Regional Politics Courses:

  • Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Queer Politics in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 15PGNH007 (15credits) Term 2
  • Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 (15credits) Term 2
  • Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 (15credits) Term 2
  • Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 (15credits) Term 1
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 (15credits) Term 2

C. 30 credits from list B or C or any open option with the approval of the degree convenor:

  • Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The economic development of South East Asia 15PECC004 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 (15credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 (15credits) Term 2

(Students wishing to take 15PHIH013 must also take 15PHIH014)

  • Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC043 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 (60 credits) Full Year
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