Modern East Asian Studies (M.A.)

Place of study

Campus Duisburg 

Start of study

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

Period of study

1 year fulltime (60 ECTS credits)


Accreditation period

The study programme Modern East Asian Studies (M.A.) was (re-)certified/(re-)accredited within the university until 30.09.2028.


The MA Modern East Asian Studies (MEAS) is an English-taught degree program on contemporary East Asia for graduates with a background in East Asian regional studies and outstanding knowledge of an East Asian language. The focus of the program is the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of societies, politics and economies in East Asia and the strengthening of previously acquired language skills.

Specialisation / Focus / Profile

Chinese or Japanese or Korean Language for Advanced Students
Elective Modules Advanced East Asian Studies

Course of study (+)

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Course of study and modules

You can find the module handbook (updated version 2021, belonging to the 2019 examination regulations.) here.

The current examination regulations (2019) can be found here.



The one-year MA program MA MEAS offers Advanced Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and the choice of a discipline (sociology, political science or economics). The program combines advanced language skills with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies. Its aim 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.

Semester 1: 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, after an individual mentoring session with the coordinator or their academic advisor.

Semester 2: 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.


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

More information on curriculum

Further details on the program, on all modules and classes as well as on application procedures, required documents, FAQ etc. can be found here.



Admission to study programme (+)

Admission requirements

  • 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 additional courses. In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term.)
  • 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 MEAS.

Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits to be taken in additional courses. In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term.


July 15 for non-EU citizens
Sept 15 for EU citizens

Early submission is strongly recommended!

You are advised to apply as soon as possible and long before the deadlines expire to ensure that you have enough time to obtain a visa (if you are from a non-EU country), take care of all necessary preparations and arrive in time for the start of the program in early October. Please see below for details according to your nationality.

EU applicants: Please follow the instructions here. We are permanently processing incoming applications all-year round, so early applicants will be informed – and successful ones admitted – irrespective of the deadlines.

Non-EU applicants: Please apply for our study program via the online application platform by our International Office. The platform will be opened for applications for the following winter term on May 1st.


see FAQ.

Special admission requirements

See FAQ.

Examination board

Language requirements

English languge proficiency C1, see FAQ.

Subject-specific work experience


Study abroad period

Not obligatory. However, we encourage in particular those students who do not have extended experience of living in East Asia to study in the country of interest. Students can apply to study for one term at one of our partner universities in East Asia in their 2nd semester of MA MEAS. Places are highly limited and allocated according to internal priority guidelines.

Professional work experiences (+)


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). 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.



Network and Careers (+) (+)

Our MA MEAS graduates are qualified

  • for further studies at the doctoral level,
  • for high-level positions in multinational corporations, in politics/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.

Several of our alumni have gone on to pursue a PhD degree. Local destinations for research-oriented graduates of our MA programs include the BMBF-funded IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies or the MERCUR-supported Alliance for Research on East Asia AREA Ruhr.

General course guidance for prospective and current students (+)

We offer a variety of consulting formats. Please see our contact page for how and when you can get in touch with us.

Contact to the faculty and advisory service (+)


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


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

Departmental advisory services

Direct any questions to: (MEAS)

Programme-specific advisors (teaching staff)

Departmental Advisory Office (Postgraduates): Academic counseling for students and potential applicants
Direct any questions to:

Melanie Kogler
Office: LE 602
Contact by e-mail to make an appointment.



Departmental student representatives

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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