MSc in Asian Studies

Lund University

Program Description

MSc in Asian Studies

Lund University

Programme overview

The Masters programme in Asian Studies at Lund University is a popular programme and the largest Masters programme in Asian Studies in Northern Europe. Our students appreciate the truly international milieu with fellow students from a great number of nations and teachers who are established experts on Asia in different disciplines in the social sciences.

The aim of this interdisciplinary programme is to provide our students with advanced knowledge about contemporary issues in Asia. Students gain expertise on contemporary Asian societies and are able to specialise, based on the regional, thematic and disciplinary focus they choose. Most of our students carry out fieldwork in an Asian country of their choice. The students have the option of being affiliated with one of our partner universities in China (Peking University), Japan (Waseda University), South-East Asian (Kebangsan University) or India (Tata Institute of Social Sciences).

As a student on this programme you will:

  • Learn to analyse complex issues related to social, cultural, political and economic developments in Asia, and acquire the capacity to analyse their causes and interrelations, and to propose possible solutions, as well as identify future trends and developments
  • Gain the ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting and in a multicultural international environment
  • Learn to plan and use appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge and evaluation
  • Gain the skills required for work in research, government agencies or employment in some other qualified capacity
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge about scientific communication channels and be able to monitor the knowledge development within the field of Asian Studies.

Career prospects

​Graduates of the MSc Programme in Asian Studies have a number of career opportunities available to them after their graduation. Many graduates continue to doctoral studies at universities throughout Europe and beyond. Currently our graduates are enrolled in doctoral programmes in a wide range of fields including political science, economic history, service management, demography, international relations, legal studies, and sustainable development.

We also have students who continue in academia as programme managers for study courses, international coordinators, and research assistants. Some of our students work in government administration, for example, Foreign Ministries, the Nordic Council of Ministers, embassies and various UN agencies. Other students obtain employment in NGOs around the world, for example, the Asia Foundation, the Red Cross, and Oxfam. In the private sector we find our graduates employed as business analysts, consultants, project leaders, project coordinators, business developers, brand managers, company directors, freelance journalists and newspaper editors.

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Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Ranking 2016/2017, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated February 2, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Sweden Lund
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