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Outline of the programme

Academic achievements (the student workload) at Lund University are measured according to a credit system. 1.5 credits equal approximately one week of full-time studies. Thus, after one semester of successful full-time studies (participating according to requirements and passing the examinations) you will be awarded 30 credits.

Courses at the Centre usually consist of 7.5 or 15 credits each. Courses are always taken consecutively one at a time, so that there are no over-lapping courses.

First semester

The first semester of the programme begins with a course introducing you to Asian studies and the main challenges and theoretical concepts used in area studies and interdisciplinary studies. This is followed by thematic and region-specific courses discussing the major social, economic and political issues in the respective areas.

  • Asian Studies, 6 credits
  • The Economic Transformation of Asia, 12 credits
  • Political Systems, Governance and Democracy in Asia, 12 credits

Read more about the first semester courses here

Second semester

The second semester consists of one region specific course (where you choose which region you want to focus on) and a course in research methods.

  • Region-specific courses (China, Japan/Korea or South-East Asia), 15 credits
  • Methodology in Theory and Practice, 15 credits

Read more about the second semester courses here

Third semester

The third semester is divided into four periods. During the first three periods you choose one 7,5 credit elective course per period and during the fourth period you study a fieldwork course either at one our partner universities in Asia or here in Lund.

The elective courses (chosen after obtaining the approval of the programme coordinator) will enable you to tailor the programme to suit your particular interests and will deepen your understanding of various aspects of Asian societies and prepare you for your thesis work.

The elective courses at the Centre include courses on the economy, international relations, gender, human rights, development, media and popular culture, religion and politics, discourse analysis and environmental issues.

Read more about the third semester courses here

Fourth semester

During the fourth and last semester you will complete the programme with a written thesis, which will provide the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of theories, methods and analysis of empirical data in the field of Asian studies.

  • Master’s Thesis, 30 credits

​Read more about the fourth semester course here


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Academic Calendar

The official academic year at Lund University (autumn + spring) is divided into two semesters of 20 weeks each:

Autumn semester 2018:
3 September to 20 January 2018

Spring semester 2019:
21 January to  9 June

Lund university academic calendar

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Dr. Tallyn Gray (UK), alumnus of the Master’s in Asian Studies and currently a Fellow at the Westminister Law and Theory Centre, University of Westminister

"I was very eager that any masters programme I chose would allow me to study in Asia , as I believe that if studying a region one must have the chance to be there.  Lund’s programme is unique in Europe, in that not only  did it have a integral study abroad component  of the degree, but it was also flexible-  after giving students a solid grounding in economics, politics, and methods, the programme allows students the freedom to chose their own direction and focus. The course is highly regarded internationally and was recommend to me by senior scholars at other top universities."

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
Lund University
Sölvegatan 18 B, 223 62 Lund

Phone: +46 46 222 38 61
E-mail: info [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se