Asian Studies - Master's Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Interested in an exciting international career? Apply to our Master's Programme in Asian Studies! This interdisciplinary programme aims to provide you with an advanced understanding of contemporary issues in East and South-East Asia so that you will have the knowledge and concrete skills necessary to understand and assess social, cultural, economic and political developments in the region.
You read courses that are general and deal with cross-regional issues but you also get the opportunity during the second semester to take an interdisciplinary course on a country or region in East and South-East Asia that you want to focus on. The curriculum enables you to specialise based on your regional, thematic, and disciplinary focus and to critically examine and discuss issues within the field of East and South-East Asia. During the fourth semester you will have the possibility to travel to Asia to carry out fieldwork and collect material for your master thesis.
In the programme you will meet teachers who are engaged in both teaching and research and have broad experience in the region. We focus on the development of different countries but also study the region's importance in international politics.
As a student on this programme, you will:
- Learn to analyse complex issues related to social, cultural, political and economic developments in East and South-East Asia.
- Critically, independently, and creatively be able to identify and formulate questions and use appropriate research methods.
- Gain the ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting and in a multicultural international environment.
- Gain the skills required for work in research, government agencies, international organisations or employment in some other qualified capacity.
Semester 1: Introduction to Asian Studies (6 credits), The Economic Transformation of East and South-East Asia (12 credits), Political Systems, Governance, and Democratization in East and South-East Asia (12 credits).
Semester 2: Region-specific course, choose between China, Japan/Korea, or Southeast Asia (15 credits), International Relations of East and South-East Asia (7.5 credits), Methods in Asian Studies in Theory (7.5 credits).
Semester 3: Elective courses (22.5 credits), Methods in Asian Studies in Practice (7.5 credits).
Semester 4: Master’s Thesis (30 credits)
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, embassies and various European Union and United Nations agencies. Others obtain employment in civil society organisations 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.
When applying for the MSc in Asian Studies, you must also submit a Statement of Purpose and a CV with your application.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 17 October to 16 January.
Chat with a student ambassador about this programme and student life at Lund University
Phone: +46 46 222 38 61
Email: nina [dot] brand [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se
Director of Studies
Phone: +46 46 222 34 81
Email: astrid [dot] noren-nilsson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
To be admitted to the programme, the student must have a Bachelor’s degree (a Swedish Kandidatexamen) in the Social Sciences or Humanities.
Oral and written language proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement. International qualifications will be assessed in accordance with national guidelines.
Selection is based on grades on courses and, if applicable, thesis in the BA degree, English language level, documented knowledge of and/or interest in the field of Asian studies, Statement of Purpose and non-academic knowledge and/or work experience of 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.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
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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 that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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- 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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- 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 (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is 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. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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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.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000
First payment: SEK 55 000
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.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Convert currency – xe.com
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/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.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
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.