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Colleagues from the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies yesterday celebrated the completion of a two-year project to review and revise the University’s masters' degrees on China, Japan and South Asia (including India).

Newly integrated masters degrees

Image: Professor Mark Smith, Chair of the Faculty Board of Oriental Studies; Professor Rachel Murphy, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; and Professor Roger Goodman, Head of the DIvision of Social Sciences.

The work integrates the expertise, strengths and resources of the two departments, creating a suite of high quality MSc and MPhil programmes which are available for entry in October 2017. A new one-year MSc in Modern Middle East will follow next year. The courses will be jointly taught and assessed, with graduates benefiting from an enhanced learning experience in which they can study historic, cultural and contemporary aspects of the regions with specialists from both departments.

Commenting on this development, Professor Roger Goodman (Head of the Social Sciences Division) said: “Colleagues in the two departments have worked closely together to design the programmes to add real value. This closer working will increase students’ choice of options, draw on the strengths of the two departments in language and research methods provision, and help to make stronger the networks of staff and students who work on these regions. In creating these degrees we have been fortunate in accessing the academic and research excellence that has contributed to the University’s position as one of the leading institutions worldwide.”

Professor Karen O’Brien (Head of the Humanities Division) said: “The development of these courses has been a great demonstration of us working together as divisions. We are excited to be offering new programmes this autumn to applicants wishing to study Chinese, Japanese and South Asian Studies, and look forward to being able to offer a Modern Middle Eastern MSc for entry in Michaelmas term 2018.”

Information about the courses can be found at: