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East Asian Business

School of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our MSc in East Asian Business combines comparative study of East Asian economic development and East Asian business environments with options focusing individually on China, Japan or Korea.
East Asian postgraduate

Course description

On this course we focus on business practices and systems in East Asia, namely China, Japan and Korea.

You’ll develop a thorough understanding of the Asian business environment and how it is shaped by domestic and social change, globalisation and political developments. Through optional modules you will have the opportunity to focus on one particular East Asian country or keep your knowledge broad depending on your interests and career goals.

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Core modules

  • Work and Organisation in East Asia
  • Negotiation and Intercultural Communication
  • Project
  • International Business and East Asia

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules which may include:

  • Political Economy of China
  • Contemporary Chinese Business and Management
  • Business and the Economy of Japan
  • International Human Resource Studies
  • International Management
  • Chinese, Japanese, Korean Language


There are lectures and small-group seminars. 


You’ll be assessed on your essays, exams, presentations and an extended project.


1 year full-time

East Asian Studies postgraduate at desk

I decided to study for my masters degree in the UK and my tutor recommended the East Asian Studies department at the University of Sheffield. After reading about the University and the courses I realised the MSc East Asian Business was perfect for me and could help me find employment in China in the future.

Yu Yang
MSc East Asian Business

Entry requirements

You will need a good first degree in any subject. This will normally mean a 2:1 from a university in the UK.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

EAST Professor Hugo Dobson, Department of East Asian Studies

I’m currently looking into the transition from G7 to G20. I’m interested in the global rebalancing of power with the rise of countries like China and India. In particular, I'm interested in understanding how Japan as a 'risen' power is managing this process in a forum like the G20.

Professor Hugo Dobson
Teaches Global Governance and Japan, plus Japanese language teaching


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.