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Korean Studies and East Asian Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #104 (WUR) ,
The focus of this program is a social sciences approach to Korea, enabling students to analyze Korea’s politics, economy, and society and place them in their various contexts. In addition, the program places a special focus on the analysis of gender relations in various social, political, and historical contexts. Students will acquire the ability to engage in independent scholarship in this field.


The more research-oriented Master's program in Korean Studies / East Asian Studies deepens and broadens the knowledge gained during the bachelor's degree in Korean Studies / East Asian Studies or a comparable Korea-specific basic acquired knowledge in the field of Korean and East Asian Research. The focus of the Master’s Program in Korean Studies / East Asian Studies is the sociological analysis of the study of Korea within the East Asian context. The goal of the Master's program in Korean Studies / East Asian Studies is the acquisition and the deepening of scientific and professional Korea and Asia related scientific knowledge and skills. 

A master's degree in Korean Studies / East Asian Studies equips students to analyze institutions, actors and processes in the politics, economy and society of Korea and to interpret and classify them in their respective contexts. The issues are also presented with a special focus on the regional context of Korea in East Asia. Moreover, students will be trained to develop capabilities for analyzing gender relations in various social, political and historical contexts. The students will acquire the ability for independent scientific research in the field of social science research about Korea.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Korean Technical Language
  • Theories and Discourse of Korean Studies or Theories and Discourse of Japanese Studies or Present-day China
  • Korea in East Asia
  • Transdisciplinary Sociological Japanese Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Graduation certificate
  • Official transcript of records
  • Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English
  • Proof of English knowledge
  • Sufficient knowledge of German

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Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
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