Contemporary East Asian Studies (M.A.)


Campus Duisburg


2 years fulltime (4 Semester)


Wintersemester / October


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

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

Die Universität Duisburg-Essen ist seit September 2016 systemakkreditiert. Der bisherigen Programm(re-)akkreditierung entspricht dabei eine hochschulinterne (Re-)Zertifizierung nach entsprechendem Qualitätssicherungsverfahren.



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.

The principal focus of the MA program is the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of societies, politics and economies in East Asia (China, Taiwan, 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 14 different modules on Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS), with eight studied in the winter and six 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 which they submit their choice to their advisor for approval.

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

Das Modulhandbuch finden Sie hier


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


For more information such as examination regulations, study regulations and syllabus books please visite our Homepage:

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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” (as to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment)
  • German language skills are strongly recommended.



We are looking for highly qualified international students with excellent skills and motivation to take on the challenges of this demanding study program. Successful applicants who fulfil the prerequisites are strongly recommended to accept the invitation for an interview 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 CEAS.


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 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 – on a first-come, firstserved basis irrespective of the mentioned deadlines.


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


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Berufspraktische Tätigkeiten

A stay abroad during the study program, to improve the language skills, to do an internship or to conduct research in preparation for the final paper, is strongly recommended.


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Students completing the MA degree will be prepared

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

Our institute offers opportunities to continue in a PhD program within the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded Research Training Group Risk & East Asia as well as studies in the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies.

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Kontakt und Beratung


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


Any questions to: (CEAS)

Fachberatung des Studiengangs (Lehrende)

Melanie Wacker

LE 602
Contact by e-mail for appointments.


Fachschaftsvertretung (Studierende)

Fachschaft Ostasienwissenschaft
LE 630
Sprechzeiten nach Vereinbarung per E-Mail

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