Master Degree in Asian studies in Asia

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A Masters degree is an academic degree awarded to individuals who successfully denote a higher level of expertise. There are two main types of Masters - taught and research.

The Master of Arts in Asian Studies program equips students with perspective on the impact of this ever expanding region of the world and the impacts of Asia on the rest of the world. Career options for graduates of a master's degree in Asian Studies offers a variety of specific career paths including positions within the public private sectors, international business opportunities, teaching abroad, diplomatic interpretation, and many other exciting professional opportunities across Asia.

Students who complete a part of their degree in Asia are growing in numbers. Currently, the second and the third biggest economies are in Asia. Without limitation, students have described their time in Asia as the best experience of their lives. Today, three of the four most populated countries of the world are in Asia: China, India, and Indonesia.

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Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
Campus Full time 2 years April 2017 Japan Beppu

Many people regard the 21st century as the “Asia Pacific century” as a result of the region’s continuous and robust growth. The region’s prominence can be witnessed through its increasing political power in the G-20 and economic interdependence that boosts steady growth. [+]

Masters in Asian studies in Asia 2017. Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies The Master’s program in Asia Pacific Studies aims to educate and transform students into competent leaders ready to handle challenges facing the Asia Pacific region. The program encourages students to analyze complicated and ever-changing sociocultural conditions and international issues, pursue feasible solutions and pave a path to a prosperous future for the region. Students accumulate professional knowledge and insights, interpret complex facts in objective and systematic manners and provide insightful solutions to problems. A broad range of issues are addressed in the two divisions: International Relations and Society and Culture. The courses taught under this program consist of four pillars: analytical foundation courses, core courses on the Asia Pacific region, division-specific courses and research-oriented intensive seminar courses. This program nurtures students’ research skills, including the ability to formulate frameworks for analyses, collect and analyze data, and test arguments and hypotheses. Students are expected to conduct research under a specific theme in a systematic manner throughout their studies. At the end of the program, students must submit a thesis or report on a theme of their choice, which they have developed under personal guidance from their supervisors in the seminar courses run throughout the program. During the process, they are encouraged to conduct field surveys in the Asia Pacific region. Divisions International Relations (IR) The International Relations (IR) division is aimed at expanding the students’ empirical knowledge base and sharpening their analytical and theoretical thinking regarding social, political, economic and security phenomena in the globalizing world. The courses in this division provide a useful knowledge base for both academic-bound students and practitioner-bound students with intended careers in security, diplomacy and media. While taking subjects such as international security, international law and conflict resolution, students will also focus on writing a thesis or research report. Major Subjects Regionalism and Globalization International Law International Political Economy Comparative Politics and Government Special Studies (International Relations) Conflict Resolution International Security Society and Culture (SC) The Asia Pacific is one of the most rapidly developing regions in recent decades. To capture the patterns of social and cultural changes occurring, the Society and Culture (SC) division is devoted to promoting comparative academic research on the region. Students can acquire practical skills in formulating and conducting research using theories and methods developed in sociology, cultural anthropology, media and communication studies. With knowledge concerning social and cultural backgrounds of the countries in the regions, it enables students to have greater employment opportunities in government, industrial, commercial and academic institutes. Major Subjects Changing Social Landscapes Media and Communication Migration and Trans-nationalism Social Organizations and Institutions Sociology and Everyday Life Special Studies (Society and Culture) Cultural Change For further information regarding the Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies, please visit: ... [-]

Master in Socioeconomic and Political Development of Modern Asia

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia Moscow

Training young researchers of the politics, economics, sociology, culture, religions, and linguistics of Asian countries and peoples. [+]

This programme trains young scholars to conduct interdisciplinary research into the politics, economics, cultures, ethnicities, religions, and linguistics of Asia. It teaches not only the next generation of Asian Studies researchers, but also prepares students for professional careers involving Asia.

Using proper methods for carrying out research and analysis, students study the socio-economic, political, and culture-historic processes that shape countries in Asia. Special emphasis is placed on transnational relationships, interactions between Asia and the West, and the processes of globalization and social modernization.

Graduates enter doctoral programmes or begin their careers working for government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international companies. As Asia’s role on the global stage grows, regional experts are in even greater demand across all international-related professions.... [-]

MPhil in Chinese

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Lingnan is now offering MPhil and PhD programmes in Chinese for applicants who want to pursue research in various areas. [+]

Masters in Asian studies in Asia 2017. MPhil in Chinese Duration: 2 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Lingnan is now offering MPhil programmes in Chinese for applicants who want to pursue research in the following areas: Chinese language, linguistics and stylistics Classical Chinese literature Comparative literature Literary theory Literature and cinema Modern and contemporary literature in Chinese (from the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan) Teaching of creative writing and media writing Application for Admission Applicants who are interested in seeking admission to the MPhil programme should apply to the University directly. Successful applicants will normally be provided with a Postgraduate Studentship with a monthly stipend of HK$15,540* (US$1 = HK$7.8). *rate subject to review Application Period The University invites applications from 1 November 2016 to 27 January 2017. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis, subject to the availability of places. General Admission Requirements An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of MPhil should normally: a. hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or b. have obtained an equivalent qualification; or c. have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment. In addition to the above, an applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent score in a recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are required to fulfill additional requirements, if any, set by the programmes to which they apply for admission. [-]

NUS-ANU Joint Masters Degree in Southeast Asian Studies

National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Campus Full time 12 months August 2017 Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and The Australian National University (ANU) are well known globally for teaching and research in Asia-Pacific studies [+]

NUS-ANU Joint Masters Degree in Southeast Asian Studies 

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and The Australian National University (ANU) are well known globally for teaching and research in Asia-Pacific studies. To promote further understanding of Asia and the Pacific, in particular Southeast Asia, the NUS and ANU have entered into an agreement to offer a Joint Masters Degree in Southeast Asian Studies with effect from the first semester of academic year 2004/2005. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS through its Department of Southeast Asian Studies, and the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU will administer the joint degree.

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Master’s Program of Asian Studies

Tamkang University
Campus Full time September 2017 Taiwan Taipei

The Master’s Program of Asian Studies is carried out by Graduate Institute of Asian Studies. It is it sets up two sections, one Japanese Studies, another one Southeast Asian Studies. [+]

Asia is the area of human activity for a long history, and full of diversity of culture, religion and philosophy. In recent years, as a result of economic development, Asia has received more attention by the world. Meanwhile, accompanying with the economic development which results in politic change and democratization in Asia, even the issues of the development of constitutionalism, human rights, security protection, and economic integration, etc., Asia has becoming the focus of global concern. In the vast areas of Asia, East Asia is the place of our life and co-existence and prosperity. The most important adjacent neighbors of Taiwan were Japan to the north, South-East Asian countries to the south. There are close relationship among those areas. It is necessary to understand and study both two neighbors.... [-]

International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES)

European University at St. Petersburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

IMARES is the oldest of the international MA programs currently offered by the European University at Saint Petersburg, and has been available to students since 1998. Like its core subject of study - the post-Soviet space - IMARES has changed and developed over the past 18 years. The program not only examines the past, but also interprets the most up to date events unfolding in this fascinating region. By combining analyses of past and present, our students gain a deep understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of the post-Soviet space. [+]

Introducing IMARES IMARES is the oldest of the international MA programs currently offered by the European University at Saint Petersburg, and has been available to students since 1998. Like its core subject of study - the post-Soviet space - IMARES has changed and developed over the past 18 years. The program not only examines the past, but also interprets the most up to date events unfolding in this fascinating region. By combining analyses of past and present, our students gain a deep understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of the post-Soviet space. Why Study Eurasia? In its various forms (the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet space), Eurasia has been the scene of some of the world’s most spectacular dramas during the last three centuries, including the rise and fall of empires and the successes and stagnations of strikingly different political and economic systems. It has followed a path from one of the world’s largest empires to the birth of nation states. It has been the battleground for the Napoleonic War, Civil War, and the horrors of two World Wars. During a turbulent history, the people of Eurasia experienced the contrasting forces of autocratic monarchy, socialism and fragile democracy, atheism and religious fundamentalism, and multiculturalism and ethnic conflict. Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus and Russia’s western neighbors have been testing the ground for political and economic theories, which left legacies that are still felt today. IMARES enables students to learn about the geopolitical space, the path of its development, the theory and the practice of different political and economic regimes throughout its history, and the ways in which these past experiences continue to influence developments today. The IMARES Program Through a combination of lectures, seminars, and self-study, our students learn, talk, and read about a variety of topics, including revolutions in Saint Petersburg, Islam in Russia, democracy in Kyrgyzstan, reforms in Georgia, nation-building in Ukraine, foreign policy dilemmas in Armenia, economics in Belarus, border control in Tajikistan or security issues in Azerbaijan. Students will also have the opportunity to experience Russia’s history and culture first hand, through a trip to the medieval Russian town of Veliky Novgorod. Extra-Curricular Benefits of IMARES In addition to its core academic content, the IMARES course offers extra-curricular benefits: the IMARES workshop series introduces expert guest speakers, with whom IMARES can discuss specialist topics. Previous speakers include businessmen from the Russian Forbes list, the President of the European Council, the former head of the Belarusian state TV and Radio, a variety of researchers and decision-makers from both Russia and abroad. Furthermore, all IMARES students are offered a course in Russian language, tailored to suit their ability, from beginner to advanced. Combined with the experience of living in Russia, the development of Russian language skills gives IMARES students a far greater understanding of contemporary Russia. Such a level of understanding can only be gained by actually spending time here in Russia, and experiencing the country for yourself. IMARES Students In terms of their backgrounds and prior experience, IMARES students are often as diverse as the topics they study at the EUSP. Whether you are a historian, political scientist, sociologist, or language specialist, studying at EUSP will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain new perspectives on your course of study. While our course modules are accessible to students of all backgrounds, the chance to engage in academic discussions with other students from different countries, cultures, and academic fields will offer fresh perspectives on the topic at hand. To find out more, please read the testimonials of previous IMARES students. IMARES – An Investment in Your Future The IMARES faculty members spare no effort in making sure that all the IMARES courses are both informative and interesting. The extra-curricular workshops, course of Russian language study, and experience of living here in Russia all add to the value of the IMARES course for your future career. Our alumni have gone on to further courses of academic study (including PhD programmes), and careers in NGOs, business, politics, journalism and the private sector. Whatever your career aim, the experience of a year in Russia studying on the IMARES programme will significantly enhance your CV and offer you a unique personal experience. Application procedure There are 3 easy steps to apply for one-year MA degree program at EUSP: Complete the Application form Send us all required documents Receive notification of acceptance/rejection Required documents: Scanned copy of your Passport. Your international passport validity period must be at least 6 months following the date you are planning to leave Russia on completing the program (e.g. if you intend to stay in Russia until June 30, 2017 your passport expiry date shouldn't be earlier than December 30, 2017) Scanned copy of your Bachelor's degree diploma (or documentation that proves you will receive your diploma this year) Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript Your Statement of Purpose (about 500 words, including statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis) Two letters of recommendation from academics who are closely acquainted with your academic work Your Curriculum Vitae IMARES COURSE FORMAT lectures follow-up discussion sessions the language of instructions is English To complete the MA degree, the student must have a total of 60 Credits – 48 credits from courses and 12 Credits from an MA thesis. The student may choose to distribute these credits over the two semesters. That is, it is possible to take only 18 credits in the first semester and 30 credits in the second. Additionally, a student may audit as many classes as his or her schedule allows. NOTE : Courses which have been selected by fewer than 3 students will not be taught during the given semester. FALL SEMESTER COURSES Russian Foreign Policy (6 Credits) Central Asia States: Making, Breaking and Remaking (6 Credits) Russian-American Relations from the Historical Perspective (6 Credits) Empire and Nationalism in Russia and the Soviet Union (6 Credits) Violence and Security in Eurasia: Conflicts, Terrorism, Extremism (6 Credits) Russian Orientalism (3 Credits) Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasia (3 Credits) St. Petersburg in Russian Literature (6 Credits) From Icon to Avant-Garde: A Survey of Russian Art through the Centuries (6 Credits) IMARES Workshop Series (No Credits) Russian Language (3 Credits) SPRING SEMESTER COURSES Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eurasia (6 Credits) Jewish Life under Bolshevik’s Rule: Politics, Ideologies, Representations, 1920s–1930 (3 Credits) Russian Political and Social History (6 Credits) Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits) Between Russia and Iran: Geopolitical History of the Caucasus in the 19th-20th Centuries (6 Credits) Introduction to Soviet Civilization (3 Credits) The Golden Age of Russian Theatre: History, Experiments, Perspectives (6 Credits) Intellectual History of Russian Modernism (6 Credits) IMARES Workshop Series (No Credits) Russian Language (3 Credits) [-]