|Course of study||Southeast Asian Studies|
|Degree awarded||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Starts in||Winter semester|
|Language of instruction||English|
In addition to imparting in-depth and specific knowledge of the Southeast Asian region, the research-oriented Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies programme equips students with the methodology and practical skills needed to independently handle complex scientific subject matters.
Its regional focus on Southeast Asia gives the degree programme direct relevance for one of the world's main growth areas. All courses of this programme are taught in English.
In addition, the Language Centre of the University of Passau offers Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Chinese language courses, giving students the opportunity to acquire or perfect their skills in one or more Asian languages.
- The degree programme includes cultural and social science courses covering both mainland and insular Southeast Asia.
- Core modules: Theories and Methods of Contemporary Southeast Asia Research; Development Policy and Economic Change; Gender, Religion and Culture; Conflicts, Disasters, and Nation-building Processes; Urbanism.
- The degree programme is taught entirely in English.
The Master’s programme qualifies students for all occupations in which complex issues have to be addressed in an independent and analytical manner and where in-depth, regionally specific knowledge and skills relating to Southeast Asia are required.
Graduates find work in private-sector businesses, in the civil service and at political institutions, e.g. in the research and evaluation departments of education institutions, at media companies, cultural institutions and associations.
Their in-depth knowledge of Southeast Asian languages and cultures makes graduates interesting for multinational companies or aid organisations, as well as the tourism sector.
Candidates who successfully complete the Master’s programme may take up doctoral study and lay the foundation for an academic career.
This course encompasses three groups of modules:
A) Theories and Methods
B) Focus module
C) Research module
A) In the Theories and Methods module students are taught theory and contemporary empirical studies as well as research methods relevant for the study of Southeast Asia.
B) In the focus module you choose your own priorities in terms of cultural area, working area and disciplinary orientation. You will select at least two examination modules from the following four focus modules:
- Development Policy and Economic Change
- Gender, Religion and Culture
- Conflicts, Disasters, Nation-Building Processes
C) In the research module you conduct independent research abroad.
The programme includes a Master's thesis, which you will write in English on a topic chosen from the focus module (module group B).
To be considered for this degree programme, applicants should a good first degree in a social or cultural science or economics, awarded after a course of study with a minimum standard length of no less than three years' full-time study, with a mark of a mark of 2.5 according to the German marking system ranked among the best 33% in the relevant examination period.
If English is not your first language or the language of instruction for your first degree, you will need to prove that you have adequate English skills by means of a recognised language test such as TOEFL with a score of at least 240 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based) or 94 (Internet-based) or equivalent.
As this course is taught entirely in English, there is no German language requirement and you do not need to provide a DSH certificate to apply.
How to enrol:
If you are an international student with qualifications from abroad, you should apply through UNI-ASSIST rather than directly to the University.
Prospective students with German qualifications should apply directly to the University.
You should enclose the following with your application form:
- your chronological CV
- an essay of up to five pages in length, written in English on a topic directly related to Southeast Asia
- a three-to-five-page synopsis in English, in which you should outline your motivation for studying this course and any subject-related skills (indicating your knowledge of Southeast Asian languages) for the course
More information on applications and admissions.