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Asian Studies

The MA in Asian Studies may be taken full time over one year or part time over two or three years from the date of first registration. The course offers a range of taught modules relating to Asian Studies across several disciplines, with further options including up to 20 credits of language study (Chinese, Korean, Japanese); up to 10 credits of relevant undergraduate modules and an option to spend a study period in Asia. The course is designed to meet the needs of a range of graduates with diverse interests in Asian Studies.

This course also serves as a preparatory course for students wishing to undertake a PhD programme in Asian Studies

Course objectives:
to cater for the growing interest in and awareness of Asia in Ireland by providing language and academic study in a range of Asia-related fields

to equip you to pursue further studies and/or work in Asia or Asia-related fields.

Entry requirements

You will have a 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent, in one of the following areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Science, History, Business, Science, or Engineering.

Detailed Entry Requirements
Applicants should hold a Bachelor's honours degree with at least Second Class Honours, Grade II, or equivalent in one of the following areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Science, History, Business, Science, or Engineering. Applicants may be required to attend an interview prior to selection.

Applicants who do not meet the normal academic or requirements may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications by the course committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

Prospective applicants should contact the School of Asian Studies at UCC for further information.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time; 3 years Part-time. The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours.

Number of credits

90 Credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with an MA in Asian Studies?
Many of today’s students will be pursuing careers either based in Asia or involving significant contact with Asian colleagues and contacts in Ireland, Europe or further afield. With an MA in Asian Studies you will feel confident in dealing with many aspects of Asia, whether in business, education, politics or development. The School of Asian Studies has also built useful links with organisations such as Enterprise Ireland, the Asia Trade Forum and the Irish Exporters Association, which provide a good network for our students hoping to work for Irish companies in Asia, or Asian companies in Ireland.

Our MA will also give you a unique perspective on your own culture, making you more self-aware and culturally sensitive, as well as give you the opportunity to learn Chinese, Korean or Japanese; these are increasingly valuable attributes in a globalising world and there are growing recruitment rates among employers for graduates with knowledge of an Asian language.

Occupations associated with an MA in Asian Studies:

An MA in Asian Studies is an excellent qualification to prepare you for a diverse range of professional fields.

Possible careers include:

Business and financial project management professionals
Buyers and procurement officers
Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
Customer service occupations
Human resources administrative occupations
International student recruitment officers
Marketing and sales professionals
Officers of non-governmental organisations
Public relations professionals
Teaching and other educational professionals
University researchers -Pursue studies further and register to do a PhD

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator
Dr. Kevin Cawley
School of Asian Studies
Phone: 00 353 21 490 3165

Subjects taught

Programme Requirements
Students are required to take 90 credits; Part 1 comprising 60 credits of taught modules and Part 2 comprising 30 credits (Dissertation).

Full time (12 months)
Students take 60 credits, normally delivered in Teaching Periods 1 and 2 (September to April), and complete the 30-credit dissertation in Research Period 3 (May-September).

Part time (24 months)
In Year 1 students taken 25-40 credits in Teaching Periods 1 and/or 2. In Year 2 students take the remaining taught credits required (up to 35 credits in Teaching Periods 1 and/or 2 ). In Year 2 students also undertake the 30 credit dissertation in Teaching Periods 2 and Research Period 3.

Part time (36 months)
In Year 1 students take 15-30 credits in Teaching Periods 1 and/or 2. In Year 2 students take 15-30 credits in Teaching Periods 1 and/or 2. In Year 3 students taken any remaining credits required in taught courses (up to 30 credits) in Teaching Period 1 and/or 2, and complete the 30 credit dissertation over the course of this final year.

Full details on the current programme content and module choices and descriptions are in the Postgraduate College Calendar.


Unique Aspects of the Course
There is an educational and market niche in Ireland for a unique and broadly conceived taught MA in Asian Studies designed for graduates with little or no previous background in Asian Studies who are interested in studying aspects of societies, cultures, languages and the arts across the wider Asian region. Making language study available, but optional, also makes the course appealing to a wider range of students. Removing the previous requirement to spend a substantial period of time in Asia within a fee-paying course should make it more attractive to potential students, including those who have already lived in Asia or intend to visit Asia in the future.

Assessment method

Each module has a different form assessment. For more information please see the current Book of Modules.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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