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MA Thesis Asian Studies (120 EC)


Admission requirements

120 MA Asian Studies students only.


Half of the programme’s final term is reserved for writing the MA thesis. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s ability independently to prepare written reports of good quality. The thesis is based on original research and makes substantial use of primary material. The use of primary and/or secondary Asian-language material is required. However, no more than one-third of the total thesis shall consist of translations into English, unless the supervisor has given prior permission. The thesis should also provide ample evidence of the student’s grasp of the relevant specialist scholarly literature and the ability of the student to make an original contribution to knowledge. The thesis is written in English and up to 15,000 words in length, including footnotes and bibliography.

Course objectives

  • Designing and executing a research project

  • Academic writing and publishing

Mode of instruction

Individual supervision

Assessment method

Thesis 100%

The MA thesis submission procedure works with a two-deadline system. The first submission deadline is May 15th, 2020. The second and final submission deadline is July 1st, 2020. (for students who started in February and complete their thesis in the fall semester: the first deadline is on November 1st, the final deadline on December 15).

For more information on the rules and regulations concerning the MA thesis, see the MA Asian Studies Thesis Protocol


Students do not need to register in uSis.