Master of Science Degree in Area studies

Top 27 MSc Programs in Area studies 2019

Area studies

Master of Science (MSc): These programs are postgraduate studies for people who have recently finished their undergraduate studies and want to improve their knowledge on a profound and more scientific level.

The term area studies is generally applied to a variety of social science and humanities fields. Area studies utilize multiple academic fields of research to examine the geography, politics, and culture of a particular locale.

Master of Science in Area studies

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MSc in American History

The University of Edinburgh - The School of History, Classics & Archaeology
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

The taught MSc in American History offers you the chance to study American History in the hemispheric sense, taking ‘America’ to mean the whole hemisphere of the Americas. You will study at an advanced level through taught courses and independent research. You will have the opportunity to take a comparative or transnational approach to the history of the Americas, as well as to study some countries and regions in more depth. The programme provides advanced knowledge and understanding of selected topics in American history and will enhance your skills in independent research, critical analysis, and both oral and written presentation. [+]

The taught MSc in American History offers you the chance to study American History in the hemispheric sense, taking ‘America’ to mean the whole hemisphere of the Americas. You will study at an advanced level through taught courses and independent research.

You will have the opportunity to take a comparative or transnational approach to the history of the Americas, as well as to study some countries and regions in more depth. The programme provides advanced knowledge and understanding of selected topics in American history and will enhance your skills in independent research, critical analysis, and both oral and written presentation.

Breadth of expertise

The University has an exceptional range of historians of the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, which allows us to provide courses and research supervision in a wide array of topics and time periods, ranging from the American Revolution to comparative slavery, from the Latin American dictatorships to the Cold War foreign policy of the United States.... [-]


Master Degree in Political Science, European Studies

AHE - The University of Humanities and Economics
Online Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Poland Łódź

Traditional management training is no longer sufficient to develop the skills that business leaders require. European Studies programme provides the cross-cultural leadership competence that has become essential for businesses and managers to succeed in today’s global business landscape. [+]

OBJECTIVE

The qualities that make a manager successful may differ across cultures. In modern economy, most organisations operate internationally. Even executives based in their home country find themselves managing teams, suppliers, partners or customers in other countries. To add to the challenge, twenty-first century teams are increasingly likely to be multicultural. Traditional management training is no longer sufficient to develop the skills that business leaders require. European Studies programme provides the cross-cultural leadership competence that has become essential for businesses and managers to succeed in today’s global business landscape.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Studies at this department develop an understanding of cultural differences, the skills to manage internationally, and the knowledge to navigate the complexities of international organisations. Its goal is also to provide knowledge and understanding of economic specifics of international markets, accounts and risks, trade and negotiations. Graduates gain proficiency in terms and mechanisms of economical and legal procedures crucial for performing on international markets. Comprehensive European Studies programme enables its students to gain and consolidate their knowledge and to develop practical skills consequently after graduation while efficiently managing companies on international markets.... [-]


MSc Economics of the Middle East (EMEA)

Philipps University Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
Campus Full time 24 months October 2019 Germany Marburg

EMEA is a unique master’s programme combining institutional economics and business administration with applications to the economies of the MENA region. [+]

What is the idea behind EMEA?

EMEA is a unique master’s programme combining institutional economics and business administration with applications to the economies of the MENA region.

Understanding complex economic challenges in the MENA requires an interdisciplinary approach. Thus, EMEA includes a wide range of electives from various disciplines to facilitate a broad understanding of the region’s complexity.

The curriculum equips students with knowledge about up-to-date issues relevant for many MENA countries, e.g., Islamic finance, political economy, natural resources, corruption, and conflict.

Combined with one of the specialisation tracks, students sharpen their job market profile towards a career as regional experts with modern problem-solving skills specific to economics, finance and accounting, or management.... [-]


Master of Science in Political Science: European Politics and External Relations

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the Master’s in European Politics and External Relations, you will analyse politics and power in Europe. The programme focuses on the challenges of Europe as a part of an increasingly interdependent, globalised and multi-polar world. You will be given the analytical, theoretical and empirical tools to develop a deeper understanding of the EU’s role as an international actor. [+]

In the Master’s in European Politics and External Relations, you will analyse politics and power in Europe. The programme focuses on the challenges of Europe as a part of an increasingly interdependent, globalised and multi-polar world. You will be given the analytical, theoretical and empirical tools to develop a deeper understanding of the EU’s role as an international actor. You will also gain knowledge on both internal and external dimensions of EU policies such as for example the economic crisis, challenges surrounding security, the environment, the refugee crisis, the rise of populism, trade as well as the EU’s role in its immediate neighbourhood and the world and many more topics. Our teaching is research-led and our programme offers access to seminars and debates of the research community of ACCESS Europe. During past years, European Politics and External Relations track students were given the opportunity to attend a study trip to Brussels, which included meetings and discussions in key EU institutions.... [-]


MSc Middle East Politics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The degree offers students an opportunity to study politics in the region through a number of disciplinary approaches, such as political sociology (class, gender, ethnicity and sect), comparative politics (state power, political economy of development, democratic openings and nationalism), and international politics (war, international political economy, regionalism and dependency). At the same time, it provides thematic courses that encourage students to look at political processes in the region from distinct perspectives, such as the study of political violence, the examination of the politics of resistance and the understanding of Islamic political ideologies and political movements. [+]

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Politics and international relations in the Middle East display many of the characteristic features of the modern world. Contentious legacies of imperial map-making fuel frontier disputes and throw into question the legitimacy of the territorial nation-state. Governments have been repeatedly challenged by populations tired of the old rationales for authoritarian rule and angered by its repressive effects. The politics of national identity, sometimes bound up with ideas of religious identity, have been given new urgency by class conflict, by military occupation and by the growth of the security state. Meanwhile, the long history of external intervention in the states of the region has heightened domestic and regional tensions.... [-]


MSc Economics with reference to the Middle East

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

All the courses offered by the Department of Economics approach the subject matter from a development perspective. Students on the MSc Economics with reference to the Middle East will complete courses on macro, micro, quantitative methods and growth. In addition, students must complete two courses dedicated to the study of the economics of MENA, as well as an optional module and a dissertation in applied economics with a focus on one or more countries of the Middle East. [+]

MSc Economics with reference to the Middle East

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two or Three years (part-time, daytime only). We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors degree (or equivalent) in Economics. Applicants without a first degree in Economics may be admitted to the Diploma in Economics in the first instance. Satisfactory completion of the Diploma, at a level acceptable to the School, may allow students to take the MSc in the following year. All students must complete and pass the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics course which is taught over three weeks in August/September before the start of the MSc.... [-]


MSc Violence, Conflict & Development (Palestine Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab). [+]

MSc Violence, Conflict & Development (Palestine Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two years(part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Start of programme: September intake only

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway.

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MSc Politics Of China

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MSc covers China’s domestic and international politics, and the historical and theoretical issues through the Chinese Politics courses of State and Society in the Chinese Political process (domestic politics), China and International Politics (international relations) and Taiwan’s Politics and Cross-Strait Relations. Each China Politics course combines empirical and theoretical material in a historically sensitive manner. [+]

MSc Politics Of China

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

China has the world’s biggest population and the second largest economy in the world. As part of the BRICS and a BASIC group, China has a large impact in world affairs: understanding China is increasingly becoming essential to understanding the world. Politics and International Relations of China provide a fascinating opportunity to examine issues and themes in modern politics. From dynastic rule to the fall of the Qing, unequal treaties and their legacies in the form of Hong Kong and Macau, China offers an example for examining and analyzing long-standing questions of territory, border, identity and sovereignty. From these historical origins to the more recent ‘Rise of China’, the buzzword of the 21st Century, this MSc degree brings together elements required to fully appreciate and understand China’s rise, its origins, and its current position in the world.... [-]


MSc Development Studies (Palestine Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Students taking the Palestine Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Palestine. Development issues in Palestine are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in the Middle East. SOAS' recognised strengths in this area, including the establishment of the Centre for Palestine Studies, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity for those interested in Palestine. [+]

MSc Development Studies (Palestine Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]


MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Students taking the Contemporary India Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Contemporary India. Development issues in Contemporary India are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in India. SOAS' recognised strengths in this area, including the establishment of the SOAS South Asia Institute, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity for those interested in Contemporary India. [+]

MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Contemporary India Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]


MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Students taking the Central Asia Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Central Asia. Development issues in Central Asia are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in Central Asia. SOAS' recognised strengths in this area, including the establishment of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity for those interested in Central Asia. [+]

MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Central Asia Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]


MSc Contemporary India Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MSc Contemporary India Studies degree offers a critical, cutting-edge study of present-day India. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and provides analytical training. [+]

MSc Contemporary India Studies

Duration: 12 months (full-time); Two or three years (part-time)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MSc Contemporary India Studies degree offers a critical, cutting-edge study of present-day India. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and provides analytical training.

Students have the opportunity to choose to study contemporary India topics, issues and challenges in the following subjects: anthropology, cinema, culture, development studies, history, law, literature, politics, the study of religions and languages.... [-]


MSc Contemporary China Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MSc in Contemporary China Studies attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences. Students may come from undergraduate degrees in various social science subjects such as Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, Geography, Politics, International Relations, Management, and Anthropology. Previous undergraduate coursework on China is not a compulsory requirement for admission. Applications will be considered from those who have worked in NGOs, civil service, or similar fields. As research methodology training is a compulsory part of the core course, the programme may also serve well as a channel to a research degree on China (MPhil or Ph.D.). [+]

MSc Contemporary China Studies

Duration: One year

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This 12-month programme combines high quality postgraduate social science research training with a comprehensive study of contemporary China.

The key features of this programme are:

interdisciplinary teaching; social scientific study of China; contemporary Chinese society defined broadly as post-1949; research methodology training that is relevant to the study of China (part of the core module); a language option which provides maximum flexibility to students who would like to improve Chinese language skills; an internship option which provides students with an opportunity to gain insights into China’s cultural and/or business environment. ... [-]

MSc Asian Politics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The expertise available in the Department enables students to concentrate on one of the sub-regions of Asia, (East Asia. South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia) should they choose to do so. Alternatively, they may follow a more comparative approach by selecting a mixture of units covering different sub-regions. [+]

MSc Asian Politics

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honors degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

Containing 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia is the setting for many of the most important political issues in the world today. These issues include the rise of China and India, economic dynamism of the Asian-Pacific area, regional integration (ASEAN, SAARC, Shanghai Cooperation Organization), security hotspots (Korean Peninsula, Taiwan Straits, India-Pakistan, the ‘global war on terror’), democratic transition and consolidation, the survival of non-democratic regimes, and identity conflicts of ethnicity, religion and language. To understand these and other political processes, this MSc programme draws upon the concepts and methods of the sub-disciplines of comparative politics (political sociology and political economy) and international relations. The evidence from Asia will also reveal the relevance and limitations of the concepts and methods derived from North American/European settings and suggest ways in which they may be modified.... [-]


MSc African Politics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa. The MSc African Politics is a regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics (and of the implications of one for the other) in Africa. At Masters level, there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write substantial papers that often require significant independent work. [+]

MSc African Politics

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa.... [-]