UTU Masters | East Asian Studies
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Master's Degree Programme in

East Asian Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Turku

Gain in-depth knowledge on today’s East Asian societies and become a specialist in the most dynamic region of the world!

The Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia.
Apply now! The application period for the studies starting in autumn 2018 is 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018.

Students gain expertise on East Asian contemporary history, politics and societies and learn social science research methods to become area specialists on East Asia. East Asian languages are studied as part of the degree to support students’ acquisition of knowledge and Master’s thesis research.

Students in the Programme have good opportunities for student exchange in East Asian universities as well as to receive East Asian study and research scholarships. The Programme provides expertise to enter international public, private and third sector professions. Students also become qualified to apply to PhD programmes and to pursue an academic career.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

Programme structure

For a detailed description of the structure of the Programme, curriculum and teaching, please see: The Study Leaflet (pdf 40 pages).

Academic excellence & experience

The Centre for East Asian Studies specialises in research on contemporary East Asian societies, with special focus on various manifestations of civil societies in China, South Korea and Japan. For China, academic staff conducts research, for example, on disaster management, social movements and protest, urban governance, and environmental issues. For South Korea, on culture of economy, self-employment, and organisations, and popular culture and social movements. For Japan, on social movements and civic society.

The research by the academic staff is directly reflected in the Master’s programme: students get up-to-date teaching on topical issues and societal and political developments in East Asian societies. Students also receive individual thesis supervision firmly anchored in the East Asia expertise of the teaching staff.

Master's thesis & topics

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Place and belonging – an ethnography of rural migrant children in Beijing
  • Cosmetic surgery and rites of passage in Korean society – a study on cosmetic surgeries after the university entrance exam
  • Remembering the war and aggression: a discourse analysis of Japan’s state apologies and commemoration speeches on August 15th 1995–2015
  • From the Great Famine (1958–1962) to the food waste problem: the role of memory to enhance the awareness in the city of Shanghai
  • Japan’s shining women: young women negotiating the transition to adulthood in Japan
  • South Korean presidents and the alliance with the United States 1998‒2012: a case study of the Free Trade Agreement

Check out the complete list of Master’s theses written by our graduates from the programme’s webpages

MASTER’S DEGREE IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES: AN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

An international programme

Students in the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies have very good study exchange opportunities in the People’s Republic of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, in the partner universities of the University of Turku.

It is common that students spend one or even two academic terms abroad during their second year in the Programme and also conduct field research for their Master’s thesis during that time.

Students of the Programme also have a chance to study for one year in the Master of China Studies programme at the Zhejiang University in China as part of their Master’s Programme in Turku.

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence description

In this Master’s Degree Programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge on contemporary East Asian societies.

You will learn:

  • about present developments, debates, social phenomena and competing perspectives in East Asia, and you learn to put them in contemporary historical context
  • East Asian languages as part of your training and become familiar with intercultural communication
  • methods in social science as related to East Asian studies
  • how to carry out independent research through your Master’s thesis project
  • how to analyse research data and communicate your research findings by writing a Master’s thesis
Job options

Those graduating from the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies find employment in public, private and third sector jobs, such as in diplomatic service, international organisations, and companies where knowledge on East Asia and dynamic regions is in demand.

Career in research

Graduates of the Programme are eligible to apply to the doctoral programmes at the University of Turku and other universities in the fields of social sciences and East Asian studies.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

General degree requirements

The following requirements need to be fulfilled in order to apply:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree of at least three years in length
  2. Verified proficiency in the English language (see “Language requirements” for recognized qualifications and required levels)

The following selection criteria will be used when assessing the applicants:

  1. The East Asia contents and relevance of previous degree studies and achieved grades. This includes major or minor in East Asian Studies (or Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Studies) or other studies related to contemporary East Asian societies.
  2. Knowledge of East Asian languages, verified appropriately (transcripts, certificates etc.)
  3. Letter of motivation (see “Application Form and Enclosures” for guidelines)

Applicant’s fulfilment of the application requirements and qualifications for the application criteria need to be documented with certified documents.

Persons who have the Finnish first-cycle polytechnic degree called “ammattikorkeakoulututkinto” and have completed courses on scientific thinking, writing and research methods in areas relevant to the Programme are also eligible to apply.

Programme-Specific Degree Requirements

The following selection criteria will be used when assessing the applicants:

  • The East Asia contents and relevance of previous degree studies and achieved grades. This includes major or minor in East Asian Studies (or Korean, Japanese and Chinese Studies) or other studies related to contemporary East Asian societies.
  • Knowledge of East Asian languages, verified appropriately (transcripts, certificates etc.)
  • Letter of motivation (see “Application Form and Enclosures” for guidelines)
Language Requirements

Proficiency in the English language needs to be verified in accordance with the standards set by the University of Turku by one of the following certificates which must have been completed in the last two years. The certificate must be valid on the application deadline (13th January 2017).

  • TOEFL iBT test with a score of at least 92 and no individual score below 20
  • IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6.0
  • Cambridge ESOL test: Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Certificate In Advanced English (CAE), pass grade A, B, or C
  • National Certificate of English Language Proficiency by the Finnish National Board of Education, overall language proficiency level of 5
  • Pearson PTE Academic test with a score of at least 62 and no individual score below 54

See also Proof of English language skills

Exemption from these tests is granted to applicants who have a

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in an English-language programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country
  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in an EU/EEA country including courses taken in English and good proficiency (magna cum laude approbatur) in English in their high school diploma (ylioppilastodistus) or equivalent.
  • Secondary education received in English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

Application Form and Enclosures

Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies, University of Turku.

The application period is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2017.

The following documents are required from all applicants:

  • A copy of the degree certificate in the original language
  • ➤ In case you are going to graduate after the admissions deadline, you must include a certificate or a statement from your home university or institute stating the expected date of graduation. The actual degree certificate must be received by the Faculty of the Social Sciences of the University of Turku by a time to be announced later.
  • An English translation of the degree certificate or a Diploma Supplement (likely to be issued by your university)
  • A transcript of records (1)
  • An English translation of the transcript of records (likely to be issued by your university)
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (see above for accepted certifications); please see UAF’s Language skills page on how to have the test results forwarded directly to UAF
  • Curriculum Vitae (resumé) (2)
  • Letter of motivation (3) (included as an item in the electronic application form and not attached as a separate document; see below for guidelines on contents)

Guidelines on application documents:

  1. Transcript of records: a document containing information of completed courses and received credits and grades. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient.
    If a transcript cannot be obtained, an officially certified list of completed academic work or yearly examinations with information on the contents of courses will be sufficient.
  2. Curriculum vitae (in Europe akin to a resumé in the US): for the format, you can use for example the guidelines at EU’s Europass site.
  3. Letter of motivation: describe briefly your study background, how you have become interested in study of East Asia, what motivates you to study East Asia and apply to MPAS in Turku, what are your topics and areas of interest in East Asia, possibly including also your tentative thesis research topic, and what are your future aspirations.
    Add the name and contact information (affiliation, e-mail) of two academic references, of whom at least one has been the main supervisor of your previous studies.
    A good length for a letter of motivation is 500–800 words. (The letter of motivation is one item in the electronic application form. Draft the letter in advance as a separate document and copy and paste the text to the application form.)
STEP 1.

Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 13 January 2017 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).

STEP 2.

Collect the required application documents.

STEP 3.

Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:

  • A copy of the degree certificate in the original language
    ➤ In case you are going to graduate after the admissions deadline, you must include a certificate or a statement from your home university or institute stating the expected date of graduation. The actual degree certificate must be received by the Faculty of the Social Sciences of the University of Turku by a deadline that will be announced later.
  • An English translation of the degree certificate or a Diploma Supplement (likely to be issued by your university)
  • A transcript of records (1)
  • An English translation of the transcript of records (likely to be issued by your university)
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (see above for accepted certifications); please see UAF’s Language skills page on how to have the test results forwarded directly to UAF
  • Curriculum Vitae (resumé) (2)
  • Letter of motivation(3) (included as an item in the electronic application form and not attached as a separate document; see below for guidelines on contents)

Guidelines on application documents:

  1. Transcript of records: a document containing information of completed courses and received credits and grades. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient.
    If a transcript cannot be obtained, an officially certified list of completed academic work or yearly examinations with information on the contents of courses will be sufficient.
  2. Curriculum vitae (in Europe akin to a resumé in the US): for the format, you can use, for example, the guidelines at EU’s Europass site.
    1. Letter of motivation: briefly describe your study background, how you have become interested in studying East Asia, what motivates you to study East Asia and apply to MPAS in Turku, what are your topics and areas of interest in East Asia, possibly including also your tentative thesis research topic, and what your future aspirations are.
      Add the name and contact information (affiliation, e-mail) of two academic references, of whom at least one has been the main supervisor of your previous studies.
      A good length for a letter of motivation is 500–800 words. (The letter of motivation is one item in the electronic application form. Draft the letter in advance as a separate document and copy and paste the text to the application form.)

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Master’s Degree Programme in

EAST ASIAN STUDIES

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

Degree: Master of Social Sciences

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for East Asian Studies

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Tuition fee: None / €8.000

Start date: September 2018

Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018

CONTACT INFORMATION

Professor, director (CEAS) Lauri Paltemaa
laupalt@utu.fi

Internet: www.utu.fi/en/units/soc/units/ceas/studying/mpas/

SCHOLARSHIPS & TUITION FEES