East Asian Studies

SubjectInternational Relations, Humanities


Type of DegreeMA in International Relations

CostEUR 2,060 2018/2019


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East Asia is booming. Or is it? How have some East Asian countries achieved such economic growth and global prominence in so little time? What are the global implications of the rise of East Asia?

East Asia is the foremost dynamic region in the world. From September 2014 the University of Groningen offers a new International Relations Master's programme, focusing on East Asian states and markets, politics and economics, nationalism and internationalism. All studied from a contemporary perspective. How can we explain the dynamism and growth of East Asia? What are the opportunities and impediments for trade and investment? What could be said about national attitudes towards international cooperation, integration and globalisation? And what are the implications of the rise of East Asia for the wider world?

The master's degree programme East Asian Studies (one year, 60 ECTS) is a specialisation within the Master's Degree in International Relations. It focuses on the political economy of contemporary East Asia, in particular the political economies of China, Japan and Korea. Students will be able to participate in courses taught by economists, historians, experts in international relations or law, and guest-speakers. They will gain knowledge on the top-three economies in East Asia and develop oral, written and research skills to analyse developments from a regional and global perspective.


Career Prospects

This degree has been designed for students who aspire to a career related to East Asia in international business, international cooperation, diplomacy, media and academia.

Possible jobs are:

  • Business consultant
  • Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Diplomat
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher

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