Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies

Join us for a Master's Degree in East Asian Studies

The next round of applications to the Master's Programme in East Asian Studies will be open from 1 December 2017 to 31 January 2018.

The Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Turku offers a two-year Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (abbreviated MPAS), taught fully in English. Our programme welcomes applications from qualified students from all over the world who want to deepen and expand their knowledge of contemporary East Asia ‒ China, Japan and Korea. We provide systematic training in East Asian Studies based on social science methods by academic staff with wide and versatile knowledge on East Asia.

 Our Programme provides multidisciplinary expertise on East Asian contemporary history, politics, and societies as well training in social science research methods. You acquire knowledge on national, regional, and international issues in East Asia, and you also study East Asian languages as part of the degree. You learn to apply the methods and deepen your knowledge in your master’s thesis research project.  The programme prepares students to enter international public, private, and third sector professions. You will also become trained to pursue an East Asia-related academic career and continue as a doctoral student by applying, for example, to the Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS).

The University of Turku has expanded its bilateral relations with East Asian universities (see the lists of exchange partners in China, Japan, and Korea), and as student in our programme you will have good opportunities to apply for exchange student positions as well as in receiving study and research scholarships from East Asian sources. From Autumn 2017 on, our Master’s Programme students also have a chance to study for one year in the Master of China Studies programme at the Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) as part of their Master’s Programme in Turku, with financial subsidy from the Zhejiang University (more details coming soon).

For the structure and the contents of the MPAS programme, see the Studying in the MPAS page, and for most detailed and up-to-date information about the MPAS and currently available courses, the Study Leaflet for 2017‒2018. You can also contact Prof. Lauri Paltemaa (laupalt[a] with any questions you might have about the Programme or the Centre.

After the amendment of the Finnish University Act, Finnish universities are required to charge tuition fees from students with citizenship outside of the EU, European Economic Area, and Switzerland beginning from autumn 2017. The annual tuition fee for students from these countries in the Master's Programme in East Asian Studies is 8000€ in accordance with the decision by the University of Turku. Please see more in University of Turku's information page on tuition fees