Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS)

University of Turku

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Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS)

University of Turku

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Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS)

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Gain in-depth knowledge on today’s East Asian societies and become a specialist in the most dynamic region of the world!

The master’s degree programme in East Asian studies (MPAS) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia.

The application period for the studies starting in autumn 2018 is 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018.

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

Students in the Programme have good opportunities for student exchange in East Asian universities as well as to receive East Asian study and research scholarships. The Programme provides expertise to enter international public, private and third sector professions. Students also become qualified to apply to Ph.D. programmes and to pursue an academic career.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

Programme structure

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For a detailed description of the structure of the Programme, curriculum, and teaching, please see the Study Leaflet on programme webpage.

Academic excellence & experience

The Centre for East Asian Studies specializes in research on contemporary East Asian societies, with a special focus on various manifestations of civil societies in China, North and South Korea and Japan. For China, academic staff conducts research, for example, on disaster management, social movements and protest, urban governance, and environmental issues. For South Korea, on popular culture and social movements, as well as on South Korean foreign aid. For North Korea, on social and economic transformation. For Japan, on social movements and civil society.

The research by the academic staff is directly reflected in the Master’s programme: students get up-to-date teaching on topical issues and societal and political developments in East Asian societies. Students also receive individual thesis supervision firmly anchored in the East Asia expertise of the teaching staff.

Master's thesis & topics

Students conduct independent research on their chosen topic and write a Master’s Thesis (40 ECTS). This trains students to apply social science methods, carry out research, analyze research data, present their findings orally and in writing, be engaged in argumentation and debate, and communicate their research findings in accordance with scientific standards.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Place and belonging – an ethnography of rural migrant children in Beijing
  • Cosmetic surgery and rites of passage in Korean society – a study on cosmetic surgeries after the university entrance exam
  • Remembering the war and aggression: a discourse analysis of Japan’s state apologies and commemoration speeches on August 15th, 1995–2015
  • From the Great Famine (1958–1962) to the food waste problem: the role of memory to enhance the awareness in the city of Shanghai
  • Japan’s shining women: young women negotiating the transition to adulthood in Japan
  • South Korean presidents and the alliance with the United States 1998‒2012: a case study of the Free Trade Agreement

Check out the complete list of Master’s theses written by our graduates from the programme’s web pages

MASTER’S DEGREE IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES: AN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

Students in the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies have very good study exchange opportunities in the People’s Republic of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, in the partner universities of the University of Turku.

It is common that students spend one or even two academic terms abroad during their second year in the Programme and also conduct field research for their Master’s thesis during that time.

Students of the Programme also have a chance to study for one year in the Master of China Studies programme at the Zhejiang University in China as part of their Master’s Programme in Turku.

CAREER OPTIONS

In this Master’s Degree Programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge of contemporary East Asian societies.

You will learn:

  • about present developments, debates, social phenomena and competing perspectives in East Asia, and you learn to put them in contemporary historical context
  • East Asian languages as part of your training and become familiar with intercultural communication
  • methods in social science as related to East Asian studies
  • how to carry out independent research through your Master’s thesis project
  • how to analyze research data and communicate your research findings by writing a Master’s thesis
  • communication, computer, and organizational skills

Job options

Those graduating from the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies find employment in public, private and third sector jobs, such as in diplomatic service, international organizations, and companies where knowledge on East Asia and dynamic regions is in demand.

Career in research

Graduates of the Programme are 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

General degree requirement

The following requirements need to be fulfilled in order to apply:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree of at least three years in length
  2. Verified proficiency in the English language (see “Language requirements” for recognized qualifications and required levels)

The following selection criteria will be used when assessing the applicants:

  1. The East Asia contents and relevance of previous degree studies and achieved grades. This includes major or minor in East Asian Studies (or Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Studies) or other studies related to contemporary East Asian societies.
  2. Knowledge of East Asian languages, verified appropriately (transcripts, certificates etc.)
  3. Letter of motivation (see “Application Form and Enclosures” for guidelines)
  4. Persons who have the Finnish first-cycle polytechnic degree called “ammattikorkeakoulututkinto” and have completed courses on scientific thinking, writing and research methods in areas relevant to the Programme are also eligible to apply.

Programme-specific degree requirements

The following selection criteria will be used when assessing the applicants:

  • The East Asia contents and relevance of previous degree studies and achieved grades. This includes major or minor in East Asian Studies (or Korean, Japanese and Chinese Studies) or other studies related to contemporary East Asian societies.
  • Knowledge of East Asian languages, verified appropriately (transcripts, certificates etc.)
  • Letter of motivation (part of the application form)

Language requirements

Proficiency in the English language needs to be verified in accordance with the standards set by the Univerity of Turku by one of the following qualifications:

1) English language test certificate

  • English as a Foreign Language TOEFL, with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test (PBT), or a minimum overall score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet-based test (IBT). University of Turku code 9701.
  • International English Language Testing Service IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6.0
  • PTE Academic test with a minimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54
  • Cambridge ESOL test: Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Certificate In Advanced English (CAE), pass grade A, B, or C

2) Earlier degree in higher education

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in an English-language programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country
  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in an EU/EEA country including courses taken in English and good proficiency (magna cum laude approbatur) in English in their high school diploma (ylioppilastodistus) or equivalent.
  • Secondary education received in the English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States

3) English language grade in upper secondary education examination.

The following examinations are accepted:

  • Finnish matriculation examination (ylioppilaskoe) in English language, minimum grade of magna cum laude approbatur
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) degree, Minimum English language grade 5
  • European Baccalaureate degree, minimum grade 7.00
  • Reifeprüfung degree, minimum grade 8

4) Upper secondary education (such as high school) received in the English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States.

More information about the Language tests: http://masters.utu.fi/how-to-apply/

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

Application form and enclosures

Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies, University of Turku.

The application period is 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2018.

The following documents are required for all applicants:

  • A copy of the degree certificate in the original language
  • ➤ In case you are going to graduate after the admissions deadline, you must include a certificate or a statement from your home university or institute stating the expected date of graduation. The actual degree certificate must be received by the Faculty of the Social Sciences of the University of Turku by a time to be announced later.
  • An English translation of the degree certificate or a Diploma Supplement
  • A transcript of records (1)
  • An English translation of the transcript of records
  • Certificate of English language proficiency
  • Curriculum Vitae (resumé) (2)
  • Letter of motivation (3) (included as an item in the electronic application form and not attached as a separate document)

Guidelines on application documents:

  1. Transcript of records: a document containing information of completed courses and received credits and grades. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient.
  2. If a transcript cannot be obtained, an officially certified list of completed academic work or yearly examinations with information on the contents of courses will be sufficient.
  3. Curriculum vitae (in Europe akin to a resumé in the US): for the format, you can use for example the guidelines at EU’s Europass website.
    Letter of motivation: describe briefly your study background, how you have become interested in study of East Asia, what motivates you to study East Asia and apply to MPAS in Turku, what are your topics and areas of interest in East Asia, possibly including also your tentative thesis research topic, and what are your future aspirations.
    Add the name and contact information (affiliation, e-mail) of two academic references, of whom at least one has been the main supervisor of your previous studies.
    A good length for a letter of motivation is 500–800 words. (The letter of motivation is one item in the electronic application form. Draft the letter in advance as a separate document and copy and paste the text into the application form.)

Step 1

Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 31 January 2018 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).

Step 2

Collect the required application documents.

Step 3

Submit your application and all the required enclosures electronically by the end of the application period.

  • A copy of the degree certificate in the original language
  • ➤ In case you are going to graduate after the admissions deadline, you must include a certificate or a statement from your home university or institute stating the expected date of graduation. The actual degree certificate must be received by the Faculty of the Social Sciences of the University of Turku by a deadline that will be announced later.
  • An English translation of the degree certificate or a Diploma Supplement
  • A transcript of records (1)
  • An English translation of the transcript of records
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (see above for accepted certifications)
  • Curriculum Vitae (resumé) (2)
  • Letter of motivation(3) (included as an item in the electronic application form and not attached as a separate document; see below for guidelines on contents)

Guidelines on application documents:

  1. Transcript of records: a document containing information of completed courses and received credits and grades. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient.
    If a transcript cannot be obtained, an officially certified list of completed academic work or yearly examinations with information on the contents of courses will be sufficient.
  2. Curriculum vitae (in Europe akin to a resumé in the US): for the format, you can use, for example, the guidelines at EU’s Europass site.
    1. Letter of motivation: briefly describe your study background, how you have become interested in studying East Asia, what motivates you to study East Asia and apply to MPAS in Turku, what are your topics and areas of interest in East Asia, possibly including also your tentative thesis research topic, and what your future aspirations are.
      Add the name and contact information (affiliation, e-mail) of two academic references, of whom at least one has been the main supervisor of your previous studies.
      A good length for a letter of motivation is 500–800 words. (The letter of motivation is one item in the electronic application form. Draft the letter in advance as a separate document and copy and paste the text into the application form.)

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