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Thai Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
The Thai Studies programme at the University of Leeds will allow you to develop Thai language skills while discovering the cultural, political and historical context of this unique country.


Why study?

Thailand has undergone a radical economic, political and social transformation in the past few decades. The Thai Studies programme at the University of Leeds will allow you to develop Thai language skills while discovering the cultural, political and historical context of this unique country.

You’ll be introduced to Thai culture in core modules, which will also build your spoken and written language skills. We teach Thai from beginners’ level, but if you have some prior knowledge we can usually accommodate your needs.

A wide variety of optional modules will also give you the chance to explore the topics that interest you – covering more elements of Thai culture, or exploring other topics across South East Asia and the Asia Pacific region as a whole. You’ll even spend a year at a university in the country so you can get a real sense of life in Thailand.

Leeds is one of Europe’s biggest centres for East Asian Studies, so we can offer flexible degrees that give you a genuine insight into the communities of this fascinating region.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    485 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

What you study

We introduce you to Thai language and culture from beginners’ level through core modules in your first year, while your choice of optional modules will give you the chance to focus on the areas of life in Thailand and the Asia Pacific that interest you. This will form the foundation for the following year, where you’ll build your language skills and immerse yourself in Thai culture to get a sense of life in the country.

When you return to Leeds, you’ll study advanced language modules to refine your spoken and written Thai. But you’ll also look at the emergence of the Thai nation, how Buddhism has shaped society and Thailand’s distinctive media. Further optional modules will allow you to explore Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian history, politics and culture in greater depth.

In your final year, you’ll even get to apply the critical and research skills you’ve developed to produce an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Study abroad opportunities

After your first year, you’ll spend a year at Chiang Mai University in Thailand to benefit from expert teaching in Thai language and culture. It’s a fantastic way to develop your knowledge and language skills. But between classes, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the country, getting a real insight into life in Thailand.

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
  • ABB at A-level and GCSE grade C in a foreign language.
  • 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, grade A in the EPQ and GCSE grade C in a foreign language.
Access to Leeds participants will receive a lower offer.
Selection principles
We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are keen to support those who have the potential to succeed but whose personal circumstances may have affected their levels of achievement. For this reason, we encourage participation in the Access to Leeds scheme - enter the phrase 'Access to Leeds' into our search engine for details.

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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