Contemporary East Asian Studies (M.A.)


Place of Study

Campus Duisburg


Prescribed time of study

2 years fulltime (4 semesters)


Start of studies

Wintersemester / October

(exceptions see below at "Beschreibung/Concept of the MA CEAS program" and "Zulassung/Application process")



Master of Arts (M.A.) in Contemporary East Asian Studies (abbreviated as MA CEAS) 

Der Studiengang Conpemporary East Asian Studies (M.A.) wurde hochschulintern bis zum 30.09.2025 (re-)zertifiziert/(re-)akkreditiert.

Der Studiengang Contemporary East Asian Studies (M.A.) wurde hochschulintern bis zum 30.09.2019 (re-)zertifiziert/(re-)akkreditiert.




The Master’s in Contemporary East Asian Studies is an English-taught social science-based program with a contemporary and interdisciplinary profile. The program offers research-focused training for highly qualified graduates with a BA or similar in politics, international relations, sociology or economics.  Depending on an applicant's prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses.

The principal focus of the MA program is the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of societies, politics and economies in East Asia (China, Japan and Korea) and includes intensive training in an East Asian language.

Its aim is to deepen and enrich the student's skills in assessing contemporary change, the challenges facing the East Asian region and the implications of such developments for Europe.

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The two-year Master’s Program (MA CEAS) (equivalent to four semesters) offers Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and the choice of a discipline corresponding to the student’s previous degree (sociology, political science or economics). It combines intensive language training with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies. Methodological training is integrated into the Advanced East Asian Studies modules.

Semester 1: Three compulsory introductory modules help students to familiarise themselves with East Asian studies from different disciplinary perspectives. In addition, students start their training in the language of their choice (Chinese, Japanese or Korean native speakers are not allowed to choose their mother tongue).

Semester 2: There are about 18 different modules on Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS), with ten offered in the winter and eight in the summer term. These modules present problem-oriented and discipline-based perspectives on politics and the society or economy of China, Japan and Korea or the entire East Asian region. Students are expected to select two AEAS and one elective module after an individual mentoring session with the coordinator or their academic advisor.

Semester 3: Students complete their language training and select two additional AEAS and one elective module.

Semester 4: 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.

Studienverlauf und Modul-Inhalte

Course of studies and content of modules

For information on the structure of the study program, please check our website.

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

You can find the module handbook (2011 version) here. A new and updated module handbook will be made available soon. The current examination regulations can be found here.


120 ETCS-Credits including Master Thesis with attached seminar (30 ECTS-Credits)


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
  • English language proficiency “C1 level” (according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment)
  • German language skills are recommended but not required.



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

We are looking for highly qualified international students with excellent skills and motivation to take on the challenges of this demanding study program. 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 offered a place in our MA CEAS.

Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses. In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term. The additional classes are determined individually by the examination board of IN-EAST. We thus strongly recommend applying as early as possible if you are unsure about the sufficiency of your prior training.


July 15 for non-EU citizens

Sept 15 for EU citizens

We accept applications all-year-round. Early submission is strongly recommended!

You are advised to apply as soon as possible and long before the deadlines expire. This is to ensure that you have enough time to obtain a visa (in case you are from a non-EU country), to take care of all necessary preparations 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 deadlines.

Important information for non-EU applicants: Please note that we are currently in the process of reforming our university-wide application system for non-EU applicants. Starting from April 1st, 2020, there will be an online application platform available run by our International Office where you need to upload your application documents. If you would like to apply before April, then please follow the steps noted on our homepage and send in your application documents by E-mail to If you apply after April 1st, please use the application platform as indicated above and follow the instructions given there.


For EU applicants (and non-EU applicants applying before April) you may send your application via e-mail (preferred) or regular mail to:
University of Duisburg-Essen
Institute of East Asian Studies IN-EAST
Admissions/ MA CEAS
47048 Duisburg 


See FAQ.


Language requirements

see FAQ.


see FAQ.

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Berufspraktische Tätigkeiten

Professional work experiences/activities

For students who have no experience in Asia, a semester abroad is strongly recommended. The semester abroad can be arranged in the 4th semester. The semester abroad should be planned with the coordinator and a mentor, so that no loss of time arises. The university supports the search for a place of study abroad. However, a claim for allocation of a study place abroad does not exist. The 4th semester is also the most appropriate time to do an internship in Germany or abroad.



Not obligatory.

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Students completing the MA degree in MA CEAS are qualified

  • for further studies at the doctoral level,
  • for high-level positions in multinational corporations, in politics (including political consulting), in governmental and non-governmental think tanks and institutions, and in international organizations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language competency is in high demand.

Some of our alumni have gone on to further their academic training by pursuing a PhD degree. Local destinations for research-oriented graduates of our MA programs for example include the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or 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 (MERCUR).

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Kontakt und Beratung


Contact and Guidance

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


Academic counseling for students and potential applicants

Send any questions to: (CEAS)

Fachberatung des Studiengangs (Lehrende)

Melanie Kogler

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


Fachschaftsvertretung (Studierende)

Student Council

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

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