Modern East Asian Studies (M.A.)


Place of study

Campus Duisburg 


Prescribed time of study
1 year fulltime (60 ECTS credits)


Start of studies

Wintersemester / October

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



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

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



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 an applicant's prior education ant training (e.g. a BA degree with les than 240 ECTS credits in additional courses.

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.

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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, MEAS students deepen their Chinese, Japanese and Korean language skills by focusing on reading, writing and discussing on advanced level. Additionally, students choose three out of approx. ten 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.

Depending on an applicant's prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses (for example for applicants with a BA degree of less then 240 ECTS credits in total). In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term. The additional classes are determined individually by the admission board/exanination board of IN-EAST. We strongly recommend applying as early as possible if you are unsure about the sufficiency of your prior training.

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 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.


60 ECTS-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 East Asian regional studies (ideally with a disciplinary focus on sociology, political science or economy) with a minimum grade average of 2.5 according to the German grading system
  • BA encompassing 240 ECTS-Credits (if the BA degree encompasses less than 240 ECTS-Credits, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in addional courses. In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term.
  • English language proficiency “C1 level” (accordings 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 MEAS.


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 mentioned 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 ne 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 submit your application via E-mail or regular mail to:
University of Duisburg-Essen
Institute of East Asian Studies IN-EAST
Admissions/MA MEAS
47048 Duisburg



See FAQ.

Besondere Einschreibungsvoraussetzungen

Special admission requirements

See FAQ.


Language requirements

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 2nd Semester (MEAS) or 4th semester (MEAS + 1). 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 same semester is also the most appropriate time to do an internship in Germany or abroad.



Not obligatory

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Students completing the master’s degree in the MA MEAS are qualified

  • for further studies at 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 porficiency is in high demand.
Some of our alumni have gone on to further their academic training by pursuing a PhD degree. Local destinaltions for research-oriented gradutes 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 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

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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Zugang zum Studium

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