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Asian Studies - Master's Programme

Asian Studies
✅ Eligibility
- Citizens of any country
- Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences or Humanities
- IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90
💰 Funding
Fully funded, Merit-based scholarships are available
🗓 Deadlines
Application is currently closed
Lund University
Lund University
📍 Lund,
🗣 English
🌏 19% International


Interested in an exciting international career? Apply to our Master's Programme in Asian Studies! This interdisciplinary programme aims to provide you with an advanced understanding of contemporary issues in East and South-East Asia so that you will have the knowledge and concrete skills necessary to understand and assess social, cultural, economic and political developments in the region.

You choose your country or a region of focus in East and South-East Asia, but also read courses that are more general and deal with cross-regional issues. The curriculum enables you to specialise based on your regional, thematic, and disciplinary focus and to critically examine and discuss issues within the field of East and South-East Asia. During the fourth semester you will have the possibility to travel to Asia to carry out fieldwork and collect material for your master thesis.

Programme modules/courses

Semester 1: Asian Studies (6 credits), The Economic Transformation of East and South-East Asia (12 credits), Political Systems, Governance and Democracy in East and South-East Asia (12 credits).

Semester 2: Region-specific course, choose between China, Japan/Korea, or Southeast Asia (15 credits), Methodology in Theory and Practice (15 credits). Semester 3: Elective courses (22.5 credits), Data Collection and Analysis (7.5 credits).

Semester 4: Master’s Thesis (30 credits).  

Career prospects

Graduates of the MSc Programme in Asian Studies have a number of career opportunities available to them. Many graduates continue to doctoral studies at universities throughout Europe and beyond. Some of our students work in government administration, for example, foreign ministries, embassies and various European Union and United Nations agencies. Others obtain employment in civil society organisations around the world, for example, the Asia Foundation, the Red Cross and Oxfam. In the private sector we find our graduates employed as business analysts, consultants, project leaders, project coordinators, business developers, brand managers, company directors, freelance journalists and newspaper editors.  


Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences or Humanities.

Oral and written language proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement. International qualifications will be assessed in accordance with national guidelines.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies –

Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –

Application documents

  • official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)

  • official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)

  • passport/ID (all applicants)

  • proof of English proficiency (all applicants)

Tuition fees for Non-EU citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000

First payment: SEK 55 000


Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations