The Master’s Programme in Asian Studies is primarily aimed at students with a Bachelor’s Degree (or the equivalent thereof) in Asian Studies, but without native skills in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

The program is interdisciplinary and provides in-depth knowledge of the Asian cultures, with its main focus on Japan, China and Korea as well as in-depth training in one of the major East Asian languages, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

The focus of the program lies in developing your ability in interdisciplinary analysis of East Asia as a region, and more specifically Japan, China and Korea. Achieving competency in one of the Asian languages is considered fundamental to realize this goal. By combining interdisciplinary approaches with country-specific knowledge, you will have the opportunity to engage with critical issues in the region and contextualize East Asia on a global level.

Within the program there is room for internship or field work, as well as studies abroad. For questions and requirements about studies abroad within the programme contact Hanna Kritz, Director of Studies.


Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Languages and Cultures including a Bachelor’s Thesis of at least 15 ECTS, or the equivalent thereof.

(To be considered as equivalent, the Bachelor’s Thesis must include studies in Chinese, Japanese or Korean, as well as a thesis of at least 15 ECTS within one of the subjects Chinese, Japanese or Korean, based on material in one of these languages).

English B/English 6 or the equivalent.

Don’t forget to upload a motivational letter and a letter of reference with your application. These are a part of the selection process to the programme.

Structure of the Programme

First Semester

During the first semester of the programme you will focus on language studies alongside the two courses Issues and Approaches in East Asian Studies and Cultural Flows and Political Relations in East Asia. You will also learn about scientific methods and research ethics.

You will be assigned a supervisor for your Master’s Thesis already during the first semester of the programme.

Second semester

During the second semester you will continue with your language studies alongside a course in English for academic research. You will also have the opportunity to choose between a number of optional courses.

At present, you can choose between the following three courses (choices are made early during your first semester in the programme):

  • East Asian History, 7.5 credits
  • Contemporary cultural politics and identity in East Asia, 7.5 credits
  • Media Culture in Asia, 7.5 credits (from Spring semester 2020)

Third Semester

The third semester within the programme you have the option of choosing between going abroad as an exchange student, doing internship or staying at Stockholm University attending courses.

Studies Abroad

For students who attend the programme with Japanese as specialization, we have exchange agreements with Chuo University in Tokyo and Osaka University in Osaka.

For students who attend the programme with Chinese as specialization, we have an exchange agreement with Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.

For students who attend the programme with Korean as specialization, we have an exchange agreement with Sogang University

These agreements are designed for students at the Master’s programme, and will be open for application by the end of the first semester.

For questions and requirements for studies abroad within the programme contact Hanna Kritz, Director of Studies.


Students who want to do an internship have to search for internships by themselves. The internship needs to be approved by the department who can provide a document stating that the internship will be awarded credits within the programme and that the student will have a supervisor from the department.

Attend Courses

It is always possible to stay and attend courses at Stockholm University during the third semester. Choosing courses is done early during the second semester and in consultation with with the Director of the Master’s Programme and the Director of Studies of Asian Langauges and Cultures.

Fourth Semester

The fourth semester is when the students will write their Master’s Thesis.

After the defense of the Master’s Thesis there is a graduation ceremony. This occurs early June.