Interest in Asian Studies amongst scholars is a growing phenomenon as political developments in the region take a new turn and the economic strength of Asia grows.
With a focus on comparative politics, international relations and economics, the MSc (Asian Studies) programme is designed to help students:
- Obtain the necessary empirical knowledge and analytical perspectives required to become leaders in various professions related to Asian affairs
- Develop an in-depth understanding of the dynamic changes and new trends in Asia, using approaches rooted in the disciplines of history, comparative politics, international relations, and economics
- Acquire various analytical tools and historical perspectives to facilitate development of expertise on emerging Asian political, economic and security issues on multiple levels
On the political front, many Asian states are experiencing profound historical transitions, accompanied by numerous uncertainties. Economically, the vast majority of countries in the region continue to experience phenomenal growth, creating numerous profitable business opportunities and transforming the region into a new economic powerhouse. In the security arena, many potential regional flashpoints remain, including the Korean Peninsula, the Taiwan issue, the South China Sea dispute, regional arms races, resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and the rising influence of religious fundamentalism.
At the heart of the region lie the concerns associated with the rise of China as an economic and military powerhouse, the emergence of India, a more proactive Japan and the evolving role of the United States. The rise of ASEAN as an international organisation plays a crucial role in shaping the relationships among major powers and in cultivating East Asian regionalism. All these issues will have profound global implications, and are of unquestionable relevance to many professions with interests that intersect developments in Asia.
Under this programme, students are instantly connected and attuned to the latest developments in the region with ample opportunities to meet diplomats, policymakers and prominent Asian specialists from think tanks, non-profit organisations and universities throughout the world. Students will also have the opportunity to acquire new linguistic skills by taking Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, Korean or Japanese language classes. The cutting edge knowledge and skills offered in this programme will benefit students in their professional careers in the private or public sector.
The MSc (Asian Studies) programme is empirically driven and area-centric. The programme places strong emphasis on a range of issues, including:
- Political developments in the region
- Economic development in the region
- Traditional security issues in the region
- Non-traditional security issues in the region
- Foreign policymaking in individual countries in the region
The programme is tailored to the interests of individual students who may choose to focus on specific countries or sub regions, or develop extensive expertise in a certain area of interest.
MSc (Asian Studies) graduates may pursue careers in public relations or business development, with MNCs who are looking to break into lucrative Asian markets or already have a presence in Asia.
Other options include public sector jobs in policy-making or foreign affairs and positions in the tourism industry, including cultural and historical landmarks (e.g. museums). Opportunities in research and academia also await students who complete this course.
Last updated on 20/07/2023