Thailand has undergone a massive transformation in the past few decades, economically, politically and socially. As it continues to evolve, there has never been a more exciting time to study Thai Studies.
This degree will allow you to develop Thai language skills alongside a deep cultural awareness of the issues facing the nation. You'll also take modules on a wide variety of topics in Asia Pacific Studies, giving you a broader sense of the regional context in which Thailand is developing.
A combination of core and optional modules will give you a good grounding in the politics and history of the region, while optional modules will give you the chance to shape your degree according to your interests. Whatever you study, you'll be supported by expert tutors and benefit from excellent facilities, allowing you to gain the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.
Leeds has excellent facilities for language study, including a fully equipped Language Centre with digital learning labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
There are also our Interpreter Training Suites, giving you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and the Electronic Resource Information Centre which houses specialised computing facilities for translation studies.
In your first year you'll start with Thai language classes to start building your skills, while being introduced to the history and politics of the Asia Pacific. You'll also choose from a wide range of optional modules to explore themes as broad as East Asian religions, development issues and Chinese or Japanese culture.
Once you've completed your first year, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in Thai culture during your residence abroad - experience which will give you a new perspective on your studies when you return to Leeds.
You'll build on that with advanced language classes to really sharpen your spoken and written Thai, alongside core modules giving you a grounding in the politics and economics of the Asia Pacific region.
Further optional modules in your final two years will allow you to really tailor your degree to your interests, from Buddhism to Japan's environmental challenges and the role of women in Chinese society. You'll also have the chance to undertake an independently researched dissertation to demonstrate the critical and research skills you've acquired.
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
A degree in Asia Pacific Studies and Thai Studies can equip you with language skills and deep cultural insight into a fast-growing country in a region which has taken on new international significance in the past few decades. That means it could open doors to a wide range of careers related to Thailand and the Asia Pacific, but you'll also have a wide range of transferable skills that employers value.
You'll be an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing, able to present and defend your own views clearly. You'll also have strong research and analytical skills, allowing you to find information from different sources and think critically about what you find. Studying abroad for a year will also enhance your employability, demonstrating your independence and adaptability.
Recent graduates of Thai Studies have moved into a wide range of careers in Thailand, the UK and worldwide including business, journalism, diplomacy, teaching, overseas aid, tourism, broadcasting, public relations, and language-based roles such as translating and interpreting.
We do everything we can to help you to prepare for your career. Students have had the opportunities to undertake internships at the Royal Thai Embassy, while they also have the chance to get involved with student-led publication East Asian Student Times (EAST).
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.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your second year at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, surrounded by Thai culture with plenty of opportunities to experience first-hand the issues you have been studying.
For many of our students it's the real highlight of the degree - as well as improving your language skills in intensive language classes, you'll have plenty of time to travel and explore this fascinating country. You might even come back with a fresh perspective to bring to your studies.
Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies
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