Encompassing Northeast Asia (e.g. China and Japan), Southeast Asia (e.g. Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam), Pacific America (e.g. United States) and Oceania (e.g. Australia), and home to over a third of the world's population, the Asia-Pacific region contains huge cultural, political and economic diversity.
This degree allows you to study the Asia-Pacific nations from historical, economic, political, social and cultural perspectives, and spend a year at a university in the region to immerse yourself in another culture.
Core modules will lay the foundations of your study, exploring the history, politics and economics of the region. From there, you'll tailor your studies to suit your interests by choosing from a very wide range of optional modules.
You could learn Chinese, Japanese or Thai from beginner level, or study East Asian religions, politics in Korea or Japanese cinema. You could even look at key challenges in the region today such as energy security or economic development.
We have excellent library resources to help you become a strong independent learner, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of it.
If you choose to study a language as part of your degree, you'll benefit from our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
There's also our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which offers specialised computing facilities for translation studies and Interpreter Training Suites so you can explore a career in that field.
This course offers you the flexibility to focus on the topics and countries that interest you from your first year. You'll have the option to learn Chinese, Japanese or Thai from beginner level and you'll be able to explore topics such as Japanese or Chinese history, society and culture or religious texts from East Asia. You'll also have the opportunity to transfer to one of our Joint Honours programmes if you want to focus more on building advanced language skills.
Over the rest of the course, you'll continue to deepen your knowledge and enhance your research and critical skills with a range of more advanced modules. You can continue with language study, examine complex issues such as the international politics of Asia-Pacific or energy security, learn about the impact of major religions like Buddhism or explore facets of the culture and history of specific countries. Each module gives you the scope to focus on the topics, themes and countries that suit your own interests.
In Year 3, you'll attend one of our partner universities in the Asia-Pacific region, where you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. If you are learning a language, this will enable you to develop your skills, but you can attend one of the many institutions where your course is taught in English.
In your final year, you'll be able to demonstrate the in-depth knowledge and research and critical skills that you have gained with an independent research project, which allows you to focus on a topic of your choice in depth.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Asia Pacific Studies is a demanding degree which incorporates a wide range of disciplines. That means that as well as giving you deep understanding of the cultures and communities in one of the world's fastest-growing regions, it equips you with a range of skills that are very valuable to employers.
You'll be an independent learner, who can use your research skills to find information from a range of sources and think critically about what you find. You'll then be able to draw conclusions, communicate and defend them. Teamwork and presentation skills are also highly desirable for employers.
Graduates have begun careers in areas such as business and finance, teaching and publishing. East Asian studies graduates have progressed to careers in law, the civil service and foreign governments, finance, tourism, translation, interpreting, PR, journalism, publishing and research.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
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Study abroad and work placements
This course includes the opportunity to spend a year at one of our partner institutions arranged through the study abroad office.
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