This programme will give you an insight into the religious and philosophical traditions of East Asia, their cultural and historical context and how they are evolving today. You'll study Buddhism, Daoism, Shinto, Confucianism, different forms of folk religion as well as Christianity and Islam, using approaches from a wide range of disciplines. Optional modules allow you to focus on topics that interest you, from Hindu traditions to religion and global development.
Thai Studies is a fantastic opportunity to become proficient in Thai language while developing an understanding of the politics, society and culture of a fast-growing and vibrant country. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to the nation's history. You'll then be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules exploring the history, culture and politics of Asia Pacific more broadly, from Chinese history to Japanese politics and East Asian religions.
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
If you're choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You'll study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
East Asian Religions and Cultures
You'll be introduced to East Asia's main religious traditions and the texts that have underpinned them in Year 1, with optional modules giving you a broader understanding of approaches to studying religion and its role in the modern world. You'll build on this in the following year with core modules on Buddhism and the religious landscape of China or Japan, and select optional modules to suit your interests. Your final year will give you further choice of modules on topics such as sociology of religion or religion and gender.
In your first year intensive core language modules will develop your spoken and written Thai, and choose from optional modules on topics such as development in South East Asia or Japanese cultural history. Then you'll travel to Thailand, where you'll sharpen your language skills and experience Thai culture. When you return you'll spend the next two years in advanced language classes and choose from further optional modules, where you'll learn about recent Thai history and explore the fascinating cultures, societies and politics of countries across East Asia.
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
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that you're intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
You'll have good research skills, and you'll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You'll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you'll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. They've gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
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Study abroad and work placements
After your first year, you'll spend a year at Chiang Mai University in Thailand to benefit from expert teaching in Thai language and culture. It's a fantastic way to develop your knowledge and language skills. But between classes, you'll have plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the country, getting a real insight into life in Thailand.
Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies