MA
2021 start

International Relations and East Asia

School of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences

Explore the political, economic, societal and cultural factors and ideas shaping international politics in East Asia. You’ll be well prepared for a career in international relations and global policy.
East Asian postgraduate

Course description

This course explores key issues in international relations and global politics, with a particular focus on the East Asia region. You'll learn about the major structures and ideas shaping international politics in East Asia such as changing power dynamics and regional identity.

The course is jointly run by the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of East Asian Studies so you will be taught by leading experts from both departments.

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Modules

Core modules

  • International Politics of East Asia
  • Research and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation 

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules which might include:

  • The Political Economy of China
  • Global Governance and Japan
  • Global Health and Global Politics
  • Contemporary Global Security
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Chinese, Japanese, Korean Language

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed on your essays, policy briefing papers, exams, presentations, a group project, and a dissertation.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good first degree in any subject. You would normally be expected to have a 2:1 from a university in the UK, or an equivalent qualification from an institution overseas. Applicants with other qualifications combined with relevant professional experience may also be eligible.

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.

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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.

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