Asian Studies - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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The Masters Programme in Asian Studies (MSc) is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at students who after their undergraduate studies want to gain area expertise on contemporary East and South-East Asia. The programme provides students with advanced knowledge about contemporary issues in East and South-East Asia so that they will have the knowledge and concrete skills necessary to understand and assess social, cultural, economic and political developments in the region.

The programme offers students an opportunity to specialize regionally and thematically. Students choose to focus on a country or a region in Asia, but also read courses that are more general and deal with cross-regional issues.  Students have the option of spending some time at one of our partner universities in Asia for their fieldwork.

Students on the programme acquire a scientific approach, which prepares them for doctoral studies within a subject focusing on Asian studies. The programme also prepares students for work as "policy-makers" and practitioners in government agencies, private companies and non-governmental organisations.

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. Many graduates continue to doctoral studies at universities throughout Europe and beyond. 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.

Please note that In addition to the online application and the required documentation stated on the University Admissions website, you must also submit the following additional documentations:

  •         CV
  •         Statement of Purpose

Please see our web page for more information:

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International Liaison Officer: Nina Brand, nina [dot] brand [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se, +46 46 222 3861
Study Coordinator: Sidsel Hansson, sidsel [dot] hansson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se, +46 46 222 0595

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A BA degree in the social sciences or humanities. English 6/English Course B.

Selection criteria

Based on previous achievements in the following order: 1 Grades on courses and, if applicable, thesis in the BA degree 2 English languageproficiency 3 Documented knowledge of and/or interest in the field of Asian studiesand the Statement of Purpose 4 Non-academic knowledge and/or work experienceof relevance to Asian studies.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Start Autumn Semester 2020

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Study period

31 August 2020 - 5 June 2022


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How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline

*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a statement of purpose and a CV when you apply for this programme.

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000

First payment: SEK 55 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations