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Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (VTM/MSocSc)

Learning outcomes

By taking the Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies students become specialistsin contemporary societies of East Asia.
Students will acquire wide-ranging knowledge of national and regional issues in East Asia and research and writing skills to conduct individual social science research. Through their Master's thesis projects they obtain expertise and specific in-deoth knowledge on a specific East asian topic. Students also master at least one East Asian language at an intermediate level or higher at the time of their graduation.


The Master's Degree in East Asian Studies consists of a minimum of 120 credits (cr) of studies.
The studies in the Programme are divided thematically into seven modules:
1. Methodology in East Asian Studies
2. Histories of East Asian Countries
3. Contemporary Politics, Societies, and Economies of East Asia
4. East Asia in Regional and Global Context
5. Research Seminar and Master's Thesis
6. Other Studies
7. Language Studies

The courses in these modules are structured into Methodology; Obligatory Subject Studies; Optional Subject Studies; Research Seminar and Master's Thesis; and Language Studies as follows:

Methodology 10 cr, consisting of two methodology courses and one book exam. This is the same as Module 1.

Obligatory Subject Studies in Modern and Contemporary East Asia 20 cr: four 5-credit courses from Modules 3 and 4. The obligatory courses are marked with (*).
The obligatory subject studies courses are arranged every academic year.

Optional Subject Studies in Modern and Contemporary East Asia 16-26 cr: freely selected from courses in Modules 2, 3, 4 and 6.
-Optional Subject Studies can include courses in the Minor in East Asian Studies Programme (MEAS) marked with (MPAS), Asianet, relevant courses from other programs and departments at the University of Turku (to be agreed by the academic director), and credits from exchange studies.
- The minimum total of credits for Obligatory and Optional Subject Studies is 36 (20+16)
- If the student takes less than 20 cr of Language Studies, an equivalent number of credits needs to be added from Optional Studies

Research Seminar and Master's thesis 50 cr. A research seminar in four phases (total 10 cr) over the course of the whole MPAS programme and research for and writing of the master's thesis.

Language studies in East Asian languages 10-20 cr and academic writing in English (2+2 cr) (Module 7). A minimum of 10 cr of East Asian languages is required, and a maximum of 20 cr counts towards the degree. The two compulsory courses in academic English (total 4 cr) are offered by the Language Centre.


The application period to the Master's Degree Programme is at the turn of each year from the beginning of December to the end of January, and the yearly intake is 15 students. For more information on admission, please see
Students at UTU can also take some individual courses without being full-time students in the programme.

- The students are required to take at least 5 cr of intermediate courses or higher of East Asian Languages by the time of graduation. This applies to students entering the MPAS programme from 2016 on. See the Module 7 for more details.
- Students who opt to take less than 20 cr of East Asian languages need to add the remaining credits from Optional Subject Studies.
- Based on the language teacher's assessment, a waiver for the language studies can be given to a student who masters an East Asian Language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) on an advanced level. If a waiver is given, an equal amount of credits from other courses needs to be taken.
A waiver for the two Academic English Writing courses (KIEN2024 and KIEN3021) can be obtained from the Language Centre. Contact the teachers in charge of the courses. The 4 cr of the two courses do not need to be compensated by other studies.
- English on level 2 or 3 and Finnish courses on any level provided by the Language Centre can be included in the degree. These studies are recommended for students who have received a waiver from the English writing courses.

Further information

All new students in the Master's Degree Programme in Asian Studies will create a personal study plan (HOPS) during the first semester. The study plan is discussed and approved with the University Lecturer Sabine Burghart.

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Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (VTM/MSocSc)

MODULE 5: Research Seminar and Master's Thesis 50 ECTS
Research Seminars 10 ECTS
MPAS2002 Research Seminar I, 2 ECTS
MPAS2022 Research Seminar II, 2 ECTS
MPAS2032 Research Seminar III, 3 ECTS
MPAS2042 Research Seminar IV, 3 ECTS
MPAS2009 Master's Thesis, 40 ECTS
2–22 ECTS
MPAS2038 Excursion / study tour, 2 ECTS
EAST0005 Film Analysis, 2 ECTS
EAST0006 Skills and Competences, 2–5 ECTS
MPAS2069 Lecture Passport, 2 ECTS
EAST0007 Internship report, 5 ECTS
MODULE 7: Language Studies 14–24 ECTS
Compulsory English courses, plus 10-20 credits of other language studies.
Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Contemporary History
Political Science
Finnish Study Modules