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Master Program in Modern East Asian Studies MA MEAS
Institute of East Asian Studies
University of Duisburg-Essen


Address University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute of East Asian Studies IN-EAST, 47048 Duisburg, GERMANY
Tel. No. +49 203 379-4191
Fax No. +49 (0)203 379-4157
E-mail address
Course Master Program in Modern East Asian Studies MA MEAS
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 1 year / 2 semesters
Date of commencement October
Application deadlines: 15 July for non-EU citizens,
15 Sept for EU citizens
Class size 10-30
Cost/Fees No study fees
Accommodation Student accommodation is available
Student grants / financial assistance Grants are available.
Exchange Partner Schools China: Wuhan University, Technical University of Wuhan, Renmin University
Japan: Dokkyo University, Nagoya University, Ryukoku University, Yamagata University, Kanagawa University, Doshisha University, Sophia University
Admissions requirements BA/bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in East Asian Regional Studies; degree with a grade point average of 2.5 or better as to the German grading system; English language proficiency “C1 level” (as to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment)
Contact details for application University of Duisburg-Essen
Institute of East Asian Studies IN-EAST
Att. Mr Helmut Demes (Tel.: +49 203 379-4191)
47048 Duisburg, GERMANY
Course director Prof. Dr. Markus Taube


MA MEAS – Master Program Modern East Asian Studies

Concept of our Program

The Master Program Modern East Asian Studies MA MEAS is an English-language degree program with a social scientific, contemporary and interdisciplinary profile. The program offers research-focused training for highly motivated and qualified graduates with a keen interest in East Asia and a strong knowledge in the field of East Asian Area Studies with an emphasis on Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Economics or Business Administration. Above all, the MA program aims to train students in the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of social, political and economic phenomena in East Asia. The program’s objective is thus to deepen and enrich the student’s capabilities to assess contemporary change, the challenges for the East Asian region and the implications of such developments for Europe on the basis of strong language competencies (in Chinese or Japanese) and a sound knowledge in disciplinary methods and theories. The consistent advancement of three specific competencies inform the curriculum of the MA MEAS: (1) The methodological competencies graduated students bring with them will be deepened and applied specifically to analyses of the East Asian context, (2) regionally specific, deeper disciplinary as well as broader interdisciplinary knowledge of East Asia will be further developed, and (3) language skills in one of two East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese) will be refined.


Students completing the master’s degree in the MA MEAS will be prepared for high-level positions in multinational corporations, politics – including political consulting –, governmental and non-governmental think-tanks, and in international organizations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language competency is in high demand, for further studies at the doctoral level.

Our institute offers opportunities to continue studies in a PhD program within the DFG funded Research Training Group Risk & East Asia (

Program Structure

The MA program includes the refinement of language skills on a par with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese and Japanese Studies. Methodological training in both regional studies and the specific disciplines is integrated into the regional and discipline-specific modules.

Within the 1st semester of the 1-year (equivalent to 2 semesters) master program MA MEAS, students deepen their East Asian language abilities in two classes focusing on advanced readings in East Asian Studies in original languages. Moreover, students choose altogether 3 out of 8 different modules on Advanced East Asian Studies (EAS) on offer, complemented by one elective module to be selected. During the 2nd and last semester of the MA MEAS, students concentrate on writing their master thesis. This effort is accompanied by a seminar. The master thesis will give proof of the attained improvement of theoretical, methodological and regional capabilities as well as language skills on the basis of an independent research project about a cutting-edge theme in contemporary East Asia that has to be elaborated.

Further details on the program, on all modules and classes as well as on application procedures, required documents etc. can be found on the IN-EAST web site at, category “Study programs”.

The Institute of East Asian Studies IN-EAST

The Institute of East Asian Studies IN-EAST, established in 1994, is a Research Center of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), engaged in both research and (graduate) education on East Asia. With more than 30 scholars from different disciplines in the social and economic sciences (and with eight chairs, rooted in different University faculties), IN-EAST is the most comprehensive university institute committed to contemporary East Asian studies in Germany. Chinese and Japanese studies are the main focus of the research program and graduate curriculum. Based on the Anglo-American concept of area studies, the Duisburg East Asian studies pursue the approach to apply the theoretical and research perspectives developed in the methodological disciplines as guiding principle in its studies. Clearly differentiating from philological-historical approaches of regional studies as they are dominant in Germany, basically social and economic sciences oriented East Asian studies have emerged with a distinct focus on contemporary East Asia.

The IN-EAST is engaged in several demanding study programs having in common the study of contemporary East Asian societies and economies on the basis of a solid disciplinary education. The aim is to train highly qualified young people for careers in the fields of economy, politics, society and science. All study programs, which are eligible with either a focus on Japan or China, include the acquisition and/or refinement of an East Asian language, training in methodological disciplines and the transfer of extensive regional expertise.

Within the IN-EAST, the Research Training Group (or Graduierten Kolleg) Risk & East Asia was established in October 2009 as an international and English language doctoral college, with generous support from the German Science Foundation (DFG) and the UDE. The Research Training Group offers doctoral-level training and post-doctoral research opportunities in contemporary economic and social scientific East Asian studies. Doctoral fellows undergo rigorous training in disciplinary and regional studies, in preparation for completing their own doctoral research projects within the framework of the Risk & East Asia Research Program. Financial support enables them to conduct their own research in East Asia, as a rule in either China or Japan. The Research Program, dealing with the governance of risks triggered by Asian responses to global economic, political and social change, draws on a risk theoretical perspective to better understand the nature of contemporary institutional transformations in the East Asian region, i.e. market transformations, individualization, decentralization and transnationalization. A close cooperation partner of the Research Training Group is the White Rose East Asia Centre at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield in the UK.

The IN-EAST internationally co-operates with several universities in Asia (e.g. Dokkyo and Ryukoku in Japan, Wuhan and Huazhong in China). In Europe, the IN-EAST belongs to EastAsiaNet, the European Research School Network of Contemporary East Asian Studies, where leading research-oriented institutes of East Asian Studies have joined together (

The research focus of the Institute’s scientists is on questions of processes of change in East Asia – frequently in international comparison with developments in other regions of the world, and in co-operation with scientists of other countries. New research projects increasingly consider those issues dealt with in the Research Training Group Risk & East Asia. Members of the Institute publish their work in a variety of books, in leading magazines and other media. The Institute and its scientists also issue different series of monographs and discussion papers as well as reports informing about its recent work. Eventually, the East Asian Studies Library (as part of the University Library) by now holds more than 25,000 monographs and over 200 periodicals, representing an outstanding fundament of East Asian knowledge today.


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