East Asian Cultures and Societies (Language Pathway), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
The East Asian Cultures and Societies (Language Pathway) programme at University of Leeds will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the politics, economies and societies of East Asia as well as allowing you to learn an East Asian language.


The East Asian Cultures and Societies (Language Pathway) programme at University of Leeds will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the politics, economies and societies of East Asia as well as allowing you to learn an East Asian language.

Taught by leading researchers in our world-class facilities, you’ll apply academic analysis to your experience of the region, or convert past training in another academic discipline to apply it to the Asian context. You’ll also learn Chinese, Japanese or Thai at a level appropriate for you.

A wide range of optional modules will give you the chance to focus on topics such as business practices, the role of China or Japan in international development or the complex politics of the Asia Pacific.

Whether you’re entering a professional career and want to gain regional expertise, want to build on your experience of living and working in an Asian context or you’re preparing for further research, you’ll gain an insight into a complex and fascinating part of the world alongside valuable language skills.

East Asian Studies at Leeds is a leading centre for research in the region, with over 50 years of history. In addition to the academic strengths that have accrued over this time, we have developed an extensive and active international network of alumni. Leeds is also home to very substantial and world-renowned specialist library collections.

If you would like to study East Asian cultures and societies without learning a language, you may be interested in our East Asian Cultures and Societies MA.

Programme Structure

A core module will give you an understanding of research methods in the humanities and social sciences, allowing you to develop your skills. This will culminate with your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice that allows you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired.

Throughout the year you’ll also undertake intensive language classes in Chinese, Japanese or Thai. We teach all three languages from beginner level, but if you already have some knowledge of a language you can study at a level appropriate for you, right up to enhanced classes equipping you to use primary sources and literature in your research.

To complete the programme, you’ll select from a range of optional modules allowing you to focus on topics that interest you, from China’s links with the developing world to political economy around the Pacific Rim.

Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Language classes may also include practicals and computer classes to develop your skills. However, independent study remains an important element of this degree as a chance for you to develop your skills and explore topics that interest you.
You’ll also experience a range of assessment methods, depending on the modules you choose. These may include exams and essays as well as presentations, project work and in-course assessment among others. Language modules may also include different forms of assessment such as translation tests.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Chinese (Mandarin)
    • Partially taught in Japanese
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject.
We will consider other relevant qualifications or work experience in exceptional circumstances.
International qualifications
  • We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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