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Master of Science in Asian Studies

We offer a unique programme in Asian Studies. The programme is interdisciplinary and aims to provide you with an advanced knowledge on contemporary issues in Asia together with the analytical and methodological skills to assess social, economic and political developments in the region. The programme permits you to specialise based on your regional, thematic, and disciplinary focus and to critically examine and discuss issues within the field of East and South-East Asia and South Asia.

The programme consists of obligatory courses on economic and political developments in Asia, as well as on international affairs and socio-cultural issues. A number of special courses are offered providing in-depth knowledge on issues such as gender, religion and ethnicity, development, human rights and the environment. You will have the possibility to conduct fieldwork in Asia at leading universities and institutes in the region.

Lund University is an international environment with students, researchers and professors from different countries. Something that is exceptional is the informal relation between students and professors. Students are encouraged to think creatively and critical thinking is expected.

This Master’s programme is unique in Europe, and provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate studies, teaching, and research, as well as for work in government agencies, international services, private firms and NGOs.


Brief outline of the programme

The first semester of the programme begins with a course introducing you to Asian studies and the main challenges and theoretical concepts used in area studies and interdisciplinary studies. This is followed by thematic and region-specific courses discussing the major social, economic and political issues in the respective areas.

The second semester consists of one region specific course (where you choose which region you want to focus on: China, Japan/Korea, South-East Asia or South Asia) and a course in research methods.

The third semester is divided into four periods. During the first three periods you choose one 7,5 credit elective course per period and during the fourth period you study a fieldwork course either in Lund or at one our partner universities in Asia:
Peking University, China (new window)
Waseda University, Japan (new window)
Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia (new window)
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India (new window)

During the fourth and last semester you will complete the programme with a written thesis, which will provide the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of theories, methods and analysis of empirical data in the field of Asian studies.

For detailed information about the courses inlcuded in the programme, please see here



If you have any questions, please contact

Nina Brand
International Liaison Officer

Phone: +46 46 222 3861


Associate Prof. Monica Lindberg Falk
Director of Studies

Phone: +46 46 222 3744