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Asian Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Cork, Ireland
The MA Asian Studies at University College Cork is a sister programme of the MA in Contemporary Chinese Culture and Business and offers graduates from the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, science and engineering an understanding of Asian societies including culture, education, social systems, politics,business and management


The MA in Asian Studies at University College Cork may be taken full time over one year or part time over two or three years from the date of first registration. The course offers a range of taught modules relating to Asian Studies across several disciplines, with further options including up to 20 credits of language study (Chinese, Korean, Japanese); up to 10 credits of relevant undergraduate modules and an option to spend a study period in Asia. The course is designed to meet the needs of a range of graduates with diverse interests in Asian Studies.

Course objectives:

  • to cater for the growing interest in and awareness of Asia in Ireland by providing language and academic study in a range of Asia-related fields

  • to equip you to pursue further studies and/or work in Asia or Asia-related fields

Programme Structure

  • UCC’s taught MA in Asian Studies is a unique course in Ireland, designed for graduates who are interested in studying aspects of societies, cultures, languages and the arts across the wider Asian region, as well as business and innovation in China. 
  • Students may choose from a broad variety of modules on Asia or focus on one of the following countries: China, Korea or Japan.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      2 years Part-time; 3 years Part-time

  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a Bachelors honours degree with at least Second Class honours, Grade II, or an equivalent academic or professional qualification in one of the following areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Science, History, Business, Science, or Engineering.
  • The Additional/Supplementary Statement Questions MUST also be completed during the online application process
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview prior to selection.
  • Prospective applicants should contact the School of Asian Studies at UCC for further information

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cork

  • 860 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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