These distinctive programmes, the first of their kind in the UK, provide the opportunity for UK and international graduates to study the history of East Asia, with a particular focus on China and Japan. They integrate the advanced study of history with Chinese or Japanese language at all levels, from beginner to first-degree graduates. They are suitable for students who have no prior knowledge of the history of East Asia as well as for those who have previously studied the region and/or its languages. Through studying history, historiography and language simultaneously, you will be in a position to consider further postgraduate research, and to develop transferable skills for the workplace.
You take compulsory modules (90 credits) which typically include: East Asian history, the practice of history, faculty research training, dissertation training and your choice of Chinese or Japanese at the level suited to your needs (from ab initio to graduate). Those taking beginner to intermediate Chinese or Japanese spend more time on language study; while those starting with more language will emphasise historical study. All students take an optional module (30 credits) in East Asian history, chosen from: identities and material culture, gender, and history of political thought. Teaching is comparative and assessments may be on China, Japan or both. Please note that not all optional modules will be available each year.
You then complete a dissertation on a chosen topic and period of China, Japan or both (60 credits). For the dissertation, you will be encouraged to apply your language skills as you conduct your own research under the supervision of an appropriate East Asia historian in the Faculty.