Taught course

Asia Pacific Studies

University of Central Lancashire · School of Psychology and Humanities

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:1 degree in related subject.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience.

A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.

IELTS: Score of at least 7.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you keen to understand more about the Asia Pacific region and its major role in the global economy? The MA in Asia Pacific Studies explores society, economy, politics, international relations and some of the pressing security issues in the region.

The MA provides a stimulating blend of theory and policy, and you’ll be encouraged to explore the interplay between the two.

You’ll broaden and deepen your understanding of major issues, developments and discourses about the history, politics, economy, society and culture of the region, leading to an in-depth dissertation on an area of your own personal or professional interest.

Why study with us

  • You will be taught by colleagues from the International Institute of Korean Studies and the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific, which works within a global network of influential academics, diplomats, journalists and public policy officials working on the Asia Pacific region.
  • Our research-active teaching team brings research of international standing into your classroom sessions and tutorials. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to help to develop that research.
  • We are involved in many exciting projects and work with partner institutions around the world to offer you visits, internships and placement opportunities.

What you'll do

  • Join our thriving multinational team of support staff, lecturers, language assistants, researchers and in excess of 1,000 students from approximately 30 countries in the School and gain a truly global perspective on life.
  • You'll benefit from strong support for the University’s Asia Pacific Studies - from policymakers in the UK and globally, which will open up networks and enhance your employability.
  • You will have access to a number of facilities that create an active and stimulating learning environment. Language learning facilities include two dedicated Brähler interpreting suites, which provide state-of-the-art learning opportunities.

Pathway opportunities

There’s an alternative exit award available:

Postgraduate Diploma in Asia Pacific Studies

Learning and assessment

The Asia Pacific Studies team includes scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including History, Development Studies, International Relations and Gender Studies who have all published widely on the Asia Pacific area, particularly with regard to Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.

Taught sessions are designed to be interactive, and you’ll engage in varied discussions and activities. Pre-session activities or reading, background reading and post-session tasks are all part of the learning approach. A variety of written and oral assessments are used across the modules.

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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