Master of Arts in Modern Asian Studies
Master of Arts in Modern Asian Studies
Award Title
Master of Arts in Modern Asian Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Asian and International Studies
Mode of Study
Combined mode

Normal Period of Study

- 1 year (full-time)
- 2 years (part-time/combined mode)

Maximum Period of Study

- 2.5 years (full-time)
- 5 years (part-time/combined mode)

Credit Units Required for Graduation


Programme Aims

This programme aims to equip students with essential interdisciplinary skills in understanding modern Asia as a region, keeping in sight its sub-regional dynamics, and its relation to an increasingly interconnected world. This knowledge will not only help to upgrade their professional abilities but will also ensure that they are equipped with the necessary tools to understand the global and regional forces that shape our region. It will provide advanced training for students seeking to upgrade their analytical capacity, research and data collection skills as well as their communication and presentation capacities.  

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:
  1. independently identify the forces shaping the interplay of Asian regional, sub-regional, and global dynamics in social as well as governance contexts;
  2. identify theoretical debates in the analyses of regional issues across the fields of history, culture, religion, political economy, political science, and security studies;
  3. investigate governance challenges facing regional organisations, governments, markets and civil societies; and
  4. apply advanced research skills to contemporary regional and sub-regional problems.

Programme Requirements

Programme Core Courses (12 credit units)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
AIS5021Asian Regional Governance3
AIS5024The State and Economy in East Asia3
AIS5042Political and Social Change in Southeast Asia and the Region3
AIS5054Pop Culture in East Asia3
Programme Electives (any 12 credit units)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
AIS5014Special Topics in Development Studies3
AIS5026Research Design for the Social Sciences3
AIS5032Authoritarian Resilience and Democratic Change in East Asia3
AIS5034East Asia and the US: Conflict and Interdependence3
AIS5038Environmental Challenges in Asia and the World3
AIS5039Human Rights in Asia3
AIS5040BRIC Countries and the Emerging Global Order3
AIS5041Special Topics in Asian and International Studies3
AIS5044Religion and Development3
AIS5049International Organisations3
AIS5051Women and Politics in Asia3
AIS5055History of Sino-Japanese Relations3
AIS5056Power and Culture in Buddhist Southeast Asia3
AIS5304Development Policy and Advocacy3
AIS5308Gender and Development3
AIS5335Welfare Regimes and Social Protection in Asia3
AIS5337Disaster Management, Development and Regional Governance in Asia3
AIS5338Indonesia: Politics and Society3
AIS5339Labour and Development3
AIS5340Infrastructure Development in China3
AIS5800AIS Postgraduate Internship For full-time AIS postgraduate students only
POL5705 Social Change and Urbanisation in Contemporary China3*
POL5713 Political Contention in Contemporary China3*

# Students who intend to write a thesis (AIS6013) must complete AIS5026 Research Design for the Social Sciences in
   semester A, with a grade of B+ or above.

* Electives on the MA in China Studies, made available to this programme.