EAST Master's Degree programme
The two-year Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) is available to Finnish and international students with background in study of East Asia, who want to deepen and extend their knowledge of contemporary China, Japan, and Korea.
The EAST programme provides high-quality and systematic training and supervision in East Asian studies with focus on contemporary societies. Check here for more detailed information about the EAST programme.
Master's Degree in East Asian Studies
Degree: Master of Social Sciences
Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Mode of study: Full-time
Location: Turku, Finland
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: None
Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries: €8,000 / academic year
Scholarships available: check the website
Please also check our FAQ before applying to our Master's Degree Programme.
The EAST degree consists of study units that cover the methodology of social sciences and East Asian studies, contemporary history, politics, and societies of East Asia as well as many other topics of special interest. See the course descriptions and timing in electronic Curriculum Peppi
The EAST programme is divided thematically into seven modules:
- Study and Research Skills
- Histories of East Asian Countries
- Contemporary Politics, Societies, and Economies of East Asia
- East Asia in Regional and Global Context
- Master's Thesis
- Worklife Competences
- Language Studies
Courses in these modules are structured into Methodology and Master's Thesis, Obligatory and Optional Subject Studies, and Language Studies as follows:
Master's Degree in Social Sciences (East Asian Studies) (120 credits)
Methodology and Master's Thesis (64 cr)
• Methodology courses (12 cr); Academic writing in English (4 cr) Research Seminar taken during four terms (8 cr)
• Master's thesis (40 cr)
Obligatory Subject Studies in Modern and Contemporary East Asia (22 cr)
- Four courses each 5 cr from modules 3 and 4
- One course (2 cr) from module 2
Optional Subject Studies in Modern and Contemporary East Asia (min. 14 cr)
• Freely selected from courses in modules 2, 3, 4, and 6
• Can also include some courses in the Minor Programme which are marked in the Study Leaflet
Language Studies (10‒20 cr)
• At least 10 cr of an East Asian language (up to 20 cr count towards the degree)
The University of Turku has bilateral agreements with several East Asian universities. Exchange studies are administered and selections made at the International Office.
The study plan for exchange studies, called Learning Agreement, must be approved at CEAS as a part of the application process. It is strongly advised that exchange plans are discussed with the academic supervisor, especially if the student intends to carry out master's thesis research during the exchange period.
See the complete list of bilateral exchange partner universities in each country from the application service pages of the International Office:
See also the list of bilateral agreements outside Europe in International Office's intranet pages.
The coursework of exchange studies is meant to be selected so that exchange study credits can be transferred to count towards the EASTdegree to the extent possible. This will be checked when the Learning Agreement is approved.
Further information about exchange studies and the application process is available at Applying for Exchange pages (intranet) of the International Office.
After the exchange period, the student applies for the credit transfer to include the exchange studies in the degree studied for at the University of Turku. The original transcript of study records needs to be confirmed in person by someone from CEAS before the credit transfer can be approved. A copy of the transcript should be attached to the credit transfer application.
Master's degree theses (pro gradu) written by the students of the Centre for East Asian Studies.
Kwon, Jung Ah: The Programme "Now on My Way to Meet You" and its Impact on Exchanges between North Korean Defectors and South Koreans
Sidz, Malgorzata: Reproduction of Mothering in East Asia
Cahill, Samantha: Building Better Tourists? Insight into China´s Civilized Tourism´campaign
Gouiffès-Santarelli, Perrine: Road to Nowhere: Transitions to Adulthood and the New Social Vagrants in post-1997 South Korea
Hakulinen, Noora: Human Trafficking in China – An analysis of national policies and their impacts on punishment levels in human trafficking court cases between 2012-2016
Isohanni, Heikki: Mythology Marches to Modernity : Yōkai in Contemporary Japan
Liu, Bayoing: Factionalism in the CCP and the DPP -One´s Obstruction, the Other´s Impetus
Morozova, Aleksandra: Illicit Drugs in Modern China: Production, Trafficking and Consumption
Šilhánová, Barbora: From the Village to Heaven – The development of the social role of Taiwanese Bunun prayer pasibutbut in the course of the modernization of the tribe
Lapshina, Tatiana: The Contemporary Image of Hikikomori and Otaku Phenomena in Mass Media
Pinchuk, Anastasiia: Loneliness and Ageing Society in Japan: Case Study of Burari Elderly Care Center
Pankakoski, Paula: Place and Belonging - An Ethnography of Rural Migrant Children in Beijing
Haverinen, Anna-Kaisa: From Invisibility to Twitter - Four Decades in the Life of Japanese Lesbians
Ganina, Irina: "Cool Japan" Strategy: What Kind of Coolness?
Heikkilä, Jukka-Pekka: Change of Power Dynamics in North Korea: Three Scenarios
Kynsilehto, Anni: Suematsu Kenchō and Japan's Struggle for Civilized Status
Laaksonen, Iris: Japan's renewable energy policy in the third industrial context
Montonen, Mikko: On Transformation of Bugei Culture from Sengoku to Modern era
Hakkio, Christine: In Search of the Way: Kokugaku and Its Influence on Meiji Policies
Sillman, Tanja: Redefining cultural subjectivities: Japanese women artists and strategies for power in contemporary Japanese society
Haverinen, Hanna:Discursive Effects of Anti-prostitution Law in Korea