2 years

Starting Date

late August

Tuition Fee

EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: Free
non-EU/EEA: €8,000 per year


Turku, Finland

About the programme

You will gain expertise in East Asian contemporary history, politics and societies and learn social science research methods to become an area specialist on East Asia. East Asian languages are studied as part of the degree to support students’ acquisition of knowledge and Master’s thesis research.

In this programme, you will have good opportunities to go on a student exchange in East Asian universities as well as to receive an East Asian study and research scholarship. The programme provides you with expertise to enter international public, private and third sector professions. You will also become qualified to apply to PhD programmes and to pursue an academic career.

Programme Structure

The Master’s degree programme is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits), during which you will study contemporary societies of East Asia based on social science methods. The programme consists of the following sections:

  • Study and research skills, and Master’s Thesis, 64 ECTS
  • Obligatory Subject Studies, 22 ECTS
  • Optional Subject Studies, 14–26 ECTS
  • East Asian Languages, 10–20 ECTS

The programme includes the following courses:

  • Conflicts and Cooperation in East Asia
  • Welfare Regimes and Social Policy in East Asia
  • China’s Urban Governance and Sustainability
  • North Korean Politics, Society and Economy
  • Issues in Japanese Politics and Society
  • The Non-Profit Sector in Japan

Career Prospects

Those graduating from the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies find employment in public, private and third sector jobs. Knowledge on East Asia and dynamic regions is in demand in various fields: diplomatic service, international organisations, and companies.

Example job titles of our alumni:

  • Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland;
  • Junior Account Executive;
  • Senior Adviser, Finnish Immigration Services;
  • International Sales Specialist;
  • HR and Communications Assistant.

Career in Research

After graduating from the EAST Programme, you are also eligible to apply to the doctoral programmes at the University of Turku and other universities in the fields of social sciences and East Asian studies

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