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Modern East Asian Studies (M.A.)


Place of study

Campus Duisburg 


Prescribed time of study
1 year (60 ECTS credits) or
2 years (120 ECTS credits)
> The length of the MA depends on the specific profile and acquired credits of the candidate.


Start of studies

Wintersemester / October



Master of Arts (M.A.) in Modern East Asian Studies (abbreviated as MA MEAS)  



The Master’s in Modern East Asian Studies is an English-taught degree program on contemporary East Asia for graduates with a BA in East Asian regional studies and outstanding knowledge of an East Asian language. Depending on the student’s skills in the social sciences, economics or regional studies, an adjustment year, which we call 'MEAS + 1', may be required.

The MEAS program aims to train students in the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of East Asian societies, politics and economies.

The program’s objective is to deepen and enrich students’ skills in assessing contemporary change, the challenges facing the East Asian region and the implications of such developments for Europe, doing so on the basis of strong language skills (in Chinese, Japanese or Korean) and a sound knowledge of discipline-specific methods and theories.

Studienverlauf und Modul-Inhalte

Course of studies and content of modules

Please check the LSF here to see which modules and courses are offered in the different semesters.

You can find the module handbook (2011 version) here.

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The MA program offers Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and a choice of a discipline (sociology, political science or economics). The program combines acquired language skills with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies. Methodological training is integrated into the Advanced East Asian modules.

During the first semester of the one-year (two-semester) MA program, MEAS students deepen their Chinese, Japanese and Korean language skills by focusing on reading, writing and discussing on advanced level. Additionally, students choose three Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS) modules, complemented by one elective module.

During the second and last semester of the MA MEAS, 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.

The MA MEAS + 1 program consists of 4 semesters of which the semester 3 and 4 correspond with semester 1 and 2 of the MA MEAS. Semesters 1 and 2 of the MA MEAS + 1 offer modules from the different disciplinary areas or regional studies. Since these courses are offered in German only students of the MEAS + 1 program are required to possess advanced German language skills (C1 or above). In semester 2, one Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS) module is chosen. Students may also choose to continue their language training.


60 ECTS including Master Thesis with attached seminar (30 ECTS) 


Information material

Further details on the program, on all modules and classes as well as on application procedures, required documents, FAQ etc. can be found on the IN-EAST website at:


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Zugang zum Studium



  • BA/bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Social or Political Sciences or Economy with a minimum grade average of 2.5 according to the German grading system
  • BA encompassing 240 ECTS credits for MA MEAS or 180 credits for MA MEAS+1
  • English language proficiency “C1 level” (as to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment)
  • German language skills are recommended for MEAS and required for MEAS + 1.


Information on required documents and application procedures can be found here.

After submitting their application, successful applicants who fulfil the prerequisites are invited for an interview in the second stage to test their aptitude and motivation for the study program (candidates from abroad can be interviewed via video-conference). After the evaluation process the most promising candidates are granted admission to the MA MEAS/MEAS+1.


Sept 15 for EU citizens

July 15 for non-EU citizens

Early submission is strongly recommended!

You are advised to apply as soon as possible starting from january and long before the deadlines expire. This is to make sure that you have enough time to obtain a visa (in case you are from a non-EU country) and to arrive in time for the start of the program in early-October.

We are permanently processing incoming applications, so early applicants will be informed and successful ones admitted irrespective of the mentioned deadlines.


You may submit your application via E-mail or regular mail to:
University of Duisburg-Essen
Institute of East Asian Studies IN-EAST
47048 Duisburg



See FAQ.

Besondere Einschreibungsvoraussetzungen

Special admission requirements

See FAQ.


Language requirements

See FAQ.

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Students completing the master’s degree in the MA MEAS

  • will be prepared for high-level positions in multinational corporations, politics – including political consulting –, governmental and nongovernmental think-tanks, and international organisations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language competency is in high demand,
  • will be ready for further studies at the doctoral level. Our Institute offers opportunities to continue in a PhD program within the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), or in the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr (in cooperation with the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum), supported by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr.

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Kontakt und Beratung


Contact and Guidance

Joint program of Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Biology and Geography, coordinated by Institute of East Asian Studies at Campus Duisburg


Academic counseling for students and potential applicants

Direct any questions to: (MEAS)

Fachberatung des Studiengangs (Lehrende)

Melanie Kogler

LE 602
Contact by e-mail for making an appointment.


Fachschaftsvertretung (Studierende)

Student Council

Fachschaft Ostasienwissenschaft (Student council IN-EAST)
LE 630
Sprechzeiten nach Vereinbarung per E-Mail/Contact by e-mail to make an appointment

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