Thailand has undergone a radical economic, political and social transformation in the past few decades. This degree will allow you to develop Thai language skills while discovering the cultural, political and historical context of this unique country.
You'll be introduced to Thai culture in core modules, which will also build your spoken and written language skills. We teach Thai from beginners' level, but if you have some prior knowledge we can usually accommodate your needs.
A wide variety of optional modules will also give you the chance to explore the topics that interest you - covering more elements of Thai culture, or exploring other topics across South East Asia and the Asia Pacific region as a whole. You'll even spend a year at a university in the country so you can get a real sense of life in Thailand.
Leeds is one of Europe's biggest centres for East Asian Studies, so we can offer flexible degrees that give you a genuine insight into the communities of this fascinating region.
Leeds has state-of-the-art facilities to support language students, in addition to our library resources. Our fully equipped Language Centre includes digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
If you think you might consider a career in interpreting, you can get a taste of this in our Interpreter Training Suites, while our Electronic Resource Information Centre offers specialised computing facilities if you're interested in translation studies.
We introduce you to Thai language and culture from beginners' level through core modules in your first year, while your choice of optional modules will give you the chance to focus on the areas of life in Thailand and the Asia Pacific that interest you. This will form the foundation for the following year, where you'll build your language skills and immerse yourself in Thai culture to get a sense of life in the country.
When you return to Leeds, you'll study advanced language modules to refine your spoken and written Thai. But you'll also look at the emergence of the Thai nation, how Buddhism has shaped society and Thailand's distinctive media. Further optional modules will allow you to explore East Asian history, religions, politics, political economy and culture in greater depth.
In your final year, you'll even get to apply the critical and research skills you've developed to produce an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.
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 Thai Studies equips you with strong language skills in a country that is growing in importance within an influential region of the world. It also gives you the chance to develop cultural awareness of both the country and the issues facing the region as a whole.
These qualities will open doors to a range of careers, but you will also gain transferable skills such as presentation, teamwork, research, advanced communication, critical and analytical skills. These are always in demand from employers.
Graduates of East Asian Studies have gone into a wide range of careers, including tourism, broadcasting, PR, diplomacy, journalism, government, law, finance and language-based roles such as translation and interpreting.
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
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
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