The Asia-Pacific is a dynamic and rapidly changing key economic region in the world. Despite experiencing unrivalled economic growth, it must also face growing concerns over such issues as security, energy, the environment and internal cohesion. For the rest of the world, turning their back on the key players in the Asia Pacific, is not an option. This degree offers advanced knowledge of the main issues, problems and actors in the diverse region of East Asia today.
Each year, a number of students from East Asia take the degree, in order to study their region from a different cultural and theoretical set of perspectives. Students who wish to work in or with East Asia take the degree and its modules, in order to gain an insight into the cultural, economic and political opportunities and challenges of the region.
For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, an IELTS Certificate is required.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
This programme is for students who want an advanced knowledge of the main issues, problems and actors in the diverse region of East Asia today, or who wish to expand their knowledge of a dynamic and rapidly changing key economic region of the world, or to pursue any area of professional life in, or linked to, East Asia. A prior knowledge of the region is not necessary.
This degree comprises the following modules:
Compulsory core module:
40 credits - Asia Pacific Security
60 credits - Dissertation MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students)
80 credits from the following:
20 credits - Civil War, Conflict Management and Peacekeeping
20 credits - Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
40 credits - Diplomacy and Statecraft
20 credits - Diplomatic History of the Twentieth Century
20 credits - Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
20 credits - Gender and Global Governance
40 credits - Globalisation and Governance
20 credits - The Geopolitical Economy of Energy
20 credits - Global Environmental Governance
20 credits - Global Ethics 1
20 credits - Global Ethics 2
40 credits - International Political Economy
20 credits - The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
20 credits - Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
20 credits - Power in Global Politics
20 credits - Rising Powers and Global Order
40 credits - Security Studies
20 credits - Sex, Death, Gender and (In) Security
20 credits - Social Theory and Critique: Contested Knowledge
20 credits - Social Theory: From Marxism To Post Marxism
20 credits - Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
20 credits - The Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
40 credits - US Foreign and Defence Policy
20 credits - Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (IASS)
20 credits - Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (IASS)
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.
The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.
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