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A Master of Science (MSc) is a graduate degree that usually follows the earning of a bachelor’s degree and focuses on a field related to science. This type of graduate diploma usually takes around one to two years to earn, and it can be a great way to remain competitive in the career field or lead to a PhD.

What is an MSc in Asian Studies? This type of program tends to look at Asian countries, such as China, Japan and Korea, and instruct students on international relations and dimensions of culture concerning those countries and their relationships with the rest of the world. Coursework is likely to involve social topics, politics and history related to Asian countries. In addition to in-depth studies, students may be required to complete a master’s thesis or project. Time spent abroad may also be required by some programs.

Earning a master’s degree in Asian studies can give students a better understanding of cultures outside their own. Becoming fluent in a foreign language and learning about politics and business practices is also a great way to pad a resume or CV, possibly leading to higher salaries down the road.

The cost of earning a master’s degree differs depending on the country of study, school and length of the program. Contact the admissions office of your program of choice to understand all of the costs involved with earning your degree. 

Graduates with an MSc in Asian Studies may have a variety of jobs available to them on the international scale. With adequate language skills and a detailed understanding of business, history, politics and more, graduates may be able to find work as consultants, communications officers, researchers, analysts and a variety of other positions with international companies. Graduates may even be able to find work in the political scene as ambassadors or aides to politicians and other figures when they visit foreign countries. For those looking to further their education, this degree can also be a gateway toward a PhD and a career in teaching.

Online courses for earning a master’s degree in Asian studies may be available for students in need of distance learning options. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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9 Results in Asian studies

University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Using Japanese source materials in tandem with the extensive English language literature on Japan, we will help you build upon and develop your own interests, focus on th ... [+]

Programme description

The last 20 years have been a period of transition for Japan.

The abrupt end in the early 1990s of Japan’s seemingly unstoppable economic growth plunged the nation into two decades of recession, which has in turn brought to the fore a range of social and political issues accumulated since the Second World War.

The end of Japanese economic superiority also coincided with the end of the Cold War, an event that brought about new regional and global dynamics, and with the new security challenges.

Meanwhile, Japanese culture has experienced a renaissance, with Japan recognised worldwide as a centre of global ‘cool’, and Japanese cultural products continuing to find new markets and influence new demographics worldwide.... [-]

United Kingdom Edinburgh
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

The MSc in Korean Studies is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically engage with these developments through recognised Masters-level training in ... [+]

Programme description

The Korean peninsula lies at the centre of landmark geopolitical developments in the early 21st century. North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and tensions between the two Koreas serve as stark reminders of the fragility of regional and global orders. South Korea has become a major global economic player and an important actor in development assistance. Additionally, Korean culture (including pop culture) has surged to global popularity over the past decade and exported across the globe. Understanding Korean culture, history, current political and economic developments, and international relations is therefore crucial to make sense of key processes in global security, economics and politics in Asia and beyond.... [-]

United Kingdom Edinburgh
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
SOAS University of London

The MSc covers China’s domestic and international politics, and the historical and theoretical issues through the Chinese Politics courses of State and Society in the Chi ... [+]

MSc Politics Of China

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours 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

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

China has the world’s biggest population and the second largest economy in the world. As part of the BRICS and a BASIC group, China has a large impact in world affairs: understanding China is increasingly becoming essential to understanding the world. Politics and International Relations of China provide a fascinating opportunity to examine issues and themes in modern politics. From dynastic rule to the fall of the Qing, unequal treaties and their legacies in the form of Hong Kong and Macau, China offers an example for examining and analyzing long-standing questions of territory, border, identity and sovereignty. From these historical origins to the more recent ‘Rise of China’, the buzzword of the 21st Century, this MSc degree brings together elements required to fully appreciate and understand China’s rise, its origins, and its current position in the world.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

Students taking the Contemporary India Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Contemporary India. Development issues in ... [+]

MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Contemporary India Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

Students taking the Central Asia Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Central Asia. Development issues in Central Asia ... [+]

MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Central Asia Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

The MSc Contemporary India Studies degree offers a critical, cutting-edge study of present-day India. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and provides analy ... [+]

MSc Contemporary India Studies

Duration: 12 months (full-time); Two or three years (part-time)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MSc Contemporary India Studies degree offers a critical, cutting-edge study of present-day India. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and provides analytical training.

Students have the opportunity to choose to study contemporary India topics, issues and challenges in the following subjects: anthropology, cinema, culture, development studies, history, law, literature, politics, the study of religions and languages.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

The MSc in Contemporary China Studies attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences. Students may come from undergraduate degrees in various socia ... [+]

MSc Contemporary China Studies

Duration: One year

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This 12-month programme combines high quality postgraduate social science research training with a comprehensive study of contemporary China.

The key features of this programme are:

interdisciplinary teaching; social scientific study of China; contemporary Chinese society defined broadly as post-1949; research methodology training that is relevant to the study of China (part of the core module); a language option which provides maximum flexibility to students who would like to improve Chinese language skills; an internship option which provides students with an opportunity to gain insights into China’s cultural and/or business environment. ... [-]
United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Campus
SOAS University of London

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) shou ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
Lund University

This transdisciplinary programme aims to provide our students with advanced knowledge about current issues in Asia. Students gain expertise in contemporary Asian societie ... [+]

The Master’s programme in Asian Studies at Lund University is a popular programme and 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 transdisciplinary programme is to provide our students with advanced knowledge about current issues in Asia. Students gain expertise in 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 taking our applied fieldwork course at one of our partner universities in Asia.... [-]

Sweden Lund
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus