Contemporary East Asian Studies

University of Duisburg-Essen

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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The Master’s in Contemporary East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen is an English-taught social science-based program with a contemporary and interdisciplinary profile. 


The Contemporary East Asian Studies program from the University of Duisburg-Essen offers research-focused training for highly qualified graduates with a BA or similar in politics, international relations, sociology or economics.

The principal focus of the MA program is the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of societies, politics and economies in East Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea) and includes intensive training in an East Asian language.

Its aim is to deepen and enrich the student's skills in assessing contemporary change, the challenges facing the East Asian region and the implications of such developments for Europe.


Students completing the MA degree will be prepared for further studies at the doctoral level, for high-level positions in multinational corporations, in politics (including political consulting), in governmental and non-governmental think-tanks, and in international organizations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language proficiency is in high demand.


Internal Accreditation (the University of Duisburg-Essen is system-accredited)

Programme Structure

Program Structure:

  • Semester 1: Three compulsory introductory modules help students to familiarise themselves with East Asian studies from different disciplinary perspectives. In addition, students start their training in the language of their choice (Chinese, Japanese or Korean native speakers are not allowed to choose their mother tongue).
  • Semester 2: There are 14 different modules on Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS), with eight studied in the winter and six in the summer term. 
  • Semester 3: Students complete their language training and select two additional AEAS and one elective module.
  • Semester 4: Students concentrate on writing their Master’s thesis. The thesis is an independent piece of research about a cutting-edge topic on contemporary East Asia. It is intended to provide evidence of the student’s newly acquired knowledge, theoretical and methodological skills in East Asian regional studies, and language proficiency.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Due to the corona crisis, the start of lectures in winter term 2020 has been pushed back to Nov. 2nd.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • highly qualified graduates with a BA or similar in politics, international relations, sociology or economics

  • motivation and interest for a study program focussed on East Asia
  • Successful applicants who meet the requirements are strongly recommended to accept the invitation for an interview to test their aptitude and motivation for the study program.

  • Candidates from abroad can be interviewed via video conference.

  • For required documents, see here:

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

All students are, however, subject to a student body and social contribution fee.


2nd year students can apply for the Deutschland-Stipendium/UDE Stipendium.

Students may also apply to other stipends and scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Contemporary East Asian Studies
University of Duisburg-Essen