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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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Modules

Project

The dissertation is designed to assess the research, analytical, writing and (where applicable) language skills developed in the course of the year. It requires that students work independently, with the support of a supervisor, as they formulate a research question, identify the materials necessary to answer it analytically, and produce an appropriately structured, coherently argued, and fully referenced answer to that question, within the scope of the dissertation format.

60 credits

You’ll choose one from the following:

Negotiation and Intercultural Communication

The purpose of this unit is to discuss theory, scientific research, practical examples and business cases of negotiations in order to improve students' negotiation and intercultural communication skills. The course will be taught using a combination of short interactive lectures to provide knowledge of theoretical concepts and fundamental empirical facts, in-class discussions based on assigned readings, and a number of existing negotiation exercises based on case studies to develop critical thinking, self-expression, and practical negotiation skills.

15 credits
International Business and East Asia

This module will provide students with a sound academic and vocational grounding in the East Asian trading environment and regulatory regimes, to prepare for careers that engage in, manage or regulate trade in East Asia (specifically China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan).It will introduce historical and theoretical perspectives on internal and external barriers to trade and discuss strategies for fostering trade relationships through studies of factors that drive exports; the influence of research and development, the effects of foreign investment, and protectionism. It will include guest lectures by practitioners in Asian business, to share practical information and foster focused discussion. 

15 credits

You will also choose one from the following:

Perspectives on East Asian Economy and Business

East Asia, comprising China, Japan, and the two Koreas, represents one of the most dynamic economic regions in the world. This module will introduce you to diverse perspectives to explain economic behaviour and development in East Asia, from both Western and Eastern schools of thought. These perspectives will provide you with a firm basis for understanding the complex economic changes seen across the region over the past two-hundred years and to understand business challenges of tomorrow. You will develop your own perspective to address business issues facing East Asia in the future

15 credits
Work and Organisation in East Asia

The dynamics of change in East Asia are increasingly important for understanding the development of global society. This module will describe and analyse 'work and organization' in East Asia and consider whether its cultures and practices are shaped by national models. Adopting multi-disciplinary perspectives, we will examine the historical and cultural embeddedness of Japanese models and their contemporary socio-economic construction. We will consider structures such as the family and education system that prepare people for workforce entry and look a contrasting working contexts from the participants' perspectives. We will then compare Japanese work contexts with China, Taiwan and South Korea. 

15 credits

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

There are lectures and small-group seminars. 

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

Assessment

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

Duration

1 year full-time

Student profiles

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.

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Apply

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

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Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

Explore this course:

    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
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