We link the teaching of language and contemporary East Asia with the quality social scientific research produced by our dedicated and distinguished staff. Whether you are learning about Japan, Greater China, the Korean peninsula or East Asia more broadly, you will be able to tap into the new knowledge generated by the Sheffield research team.

Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars and problem-solving classes. In teaching language and non-language subjects, there is a strong emphasis on small group teaching, combined with independent study to enhance skills.


Assessment methods are varied. For non-language subjects these include research essays, written examinations, and individual or group seminar presentations; languages are assessed by written examinations and continuous assessment – both of in-class activity and of individual assignments.

The Sir Sze-yuen Chung Resource Centre

The Sir Sze-yuen Chung Resource CentreThe Resource Centre was created using a generous donation from the Hon. Sir Sze-yuen Chung of Hong Kong. It provides dedicated quiet study space for all taught postgraduate students of the School of East Asian Studies. The centre contains IT and AV facilities including networked and standalone PCs with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language capability, a collection of reference works and journals, and further work space.

Sir Sze-yuen Chung
Sir Sze-yuen Chung was a student at the University of Sheffield's Department of Engineering in the 1940s. He lives in Hong Kong and is now a prominent member of the Hong Kong establishment. All the staff and students at SEAS would like to express our sincerest gratitude for his generosity and support for our activities and we are confident that this resource centre will assist our present and future postgraduate students in achieving a fulfilling and successful time at Sheffield.