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Asia Pacific Studies (International), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
Why study? Asia Pacific is playing an ever-larger role on the international stage. The Asia Pacific Studies (International) degree at the University of Leeds will introduce you to the politics, history and cultures of this evolving region.


Core modules will explore the history, politics and economics of Asia Pacific. But you’ll then build on this knowledge, choosing from optional modules on everything from development to religion, literature and the media. You could even learn Chinese, Japanese or Thai – and as you spend your third year abroad, you’ll be able to hone those skills while immersing yourself in another culture.

The Asia Pacific Studies (International) programme at University of Leeds will focus on modern East and South East Asia, and you can choose to focus on specific countries including Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. But we don’t neglect the complex history that created these nations either. You’ll gain a genuine insight into the making, and the future, of this vast and diverse part of the world.

Learning and assessment

We use a wide range of teaching and learning styles, including lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, as well as workshops in some cases. Independent learning is also an important part of your degree, since it allows you to build your research skills and think critically about what you find.

Different types of assessment are also used. It’s usually exams and essays, but some modules may use oral presentations or group work as assessed components. We offer plenty of support to help you manage this, with extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays on offer throughout your time at Leeds.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

What you study

Core modules in your first year will cover the history and development of the Asia Pacific into the 20th century, while you will choose from a range of options to build your knowledge of key issues such as religion or development, or countries including China and Japan. You can also choose to learn an Asian language – we offer Chinese, Japanese and Thai.

In your second year, you’ll continue studying the complex politics of the Asia Pacific while shaping your degree to suit your interests, with optional modules from Buddhism to Japanese literature and film. Then, you’ll spend the following year studying at one of our partner universities in the Asia Pacific region – the perfect opportunity to gain first-hand experience of life in one of the countries there.

Throughout your degree, you’ll be gaining critical and research skills that you can put to the test in your final year. As well as continuing to choose optional modules, you will undertake an independent piece of research in the form of your dissertation.

Study abroad opportunitiesYou’ll spend your second year at one of our partner universities in the region. It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, and when you’re not in classes there will be plenty of time to travel and explore the region. For many of our students, it’s the highlight of their course.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • Standard Offer: ABB at A level
  • Access to Leeds Offer: BBC at A-level
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Offer: 34 points (16 higher points).

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer. For applicants taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

Selection principles
Access to Leeds is a widening participation scheme that allows us to identify applicants who have the potential to succeed at the University of Leeds but who may not be able to demonstrate their talents through grades alone.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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