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.
"Since the programme also offers one-year exchange, I designed my future so that I can carry out my Master's degree both in Turku and in Asia."
The Centre for East Asian Studies specializes in research on contemporary East Asian societies, with special focus on various manifestations of civil societies in China, North and 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 popular culture and social movements, as well as on South Korean foreign aid. For North Korea, on social and economic transformation. 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.
Students conduct independent research on their chosen topic and write a Master’s Thesis (40 ECTS). This trains students to apply social science methods, carry out research, analyse research data, present their findings orally and in writing, be engaged in argumentation and debate, and communicate their research findings in accordance with scientific standards.
Examples of thesis topics:
Check out the complete list of Master’s theses written by our graduates from the programme’s webpages
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.
In this Master’s Degree Programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge on contemporary East Asian societies.
You will learn:
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.
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.
The following requirements need to be fulfilled in order to apply:
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.
The following selection criteria will be used when assessing the applicants:
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 2017 – 31 January 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2018.
The following documents are required from all applicants:
All translations must be made either by an authorized translator or by the degree awarding institution. Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted.
More information about the required documents: http://masters.utu.fi/how-to-apply/
Guidelines on application documents:
It is important to note that a document stating only that the student has completed all the courses is not sufficient as a temporary degree certificate.
The transcript must cover the full length of studies. If the degree includes course units that the student has completed at another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail on the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits should be submitted. Please also note possible Country specific requirements.
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 31 January 2018 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).
Collect the required application documents.
Submit your application and all the required enclosures electronically by the end of the application period.
Guidelines on application documents:
Master’s Degree Programme in
Degree: Master of Social Sciences
Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Mode of study: Full-time
Location: Turku, Finland
Language of instruction: English
Start date: September 2019
Application period: 1 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: None
Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries: €8,000 / academic year
Scholarships available: check the website