Studying in CEAS

The Centre for East Asian Studies currently offers a taught Masters degree course in East Asian Development and Global Economy and welcomes MPhil/PhD applications.

MSc in East Asian Development and Global Economy

An exciting degree programme from Bristol University’s Centre for East Asian Studies designed specifically for those who want to understand the dramatic development of East Asia and its place in the Global Economy. Explore the way in which globalisation has impacted on East Asia and the consequences for the rest of the world that are flowing from East Asian development.

This programme aims to develop the student’s interest in and knowledge and understanding of the economic, cultural  and social transformations of the East Asian region. In particular it will explore the development of East Asia within the wider global economy, the changing and contrasting fortunes of the key economies in the region, the specific features of the business and commercial sectors in the region and the developing patterns of trade within East Asian and between East Asian nations and other regions of the world. Optional modules will offer more detailed examination of developments in the Japanese and Chinese economies and the political and economic relations between Europe and East Asia.

To apply for this course, please visit the following page . All applications need to be submitted via the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies.


PhD/MPhil applications

CEAS (Centre for East Asian Studies) at the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies, offers a supportive and high quality research environment for students from around the world who wish to undertake supervised research into aspects of social, cultural, political and economic change in East Asia.

CEAS staff and associated staff span disciplinary interests across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences including historical studies, social and public policy, sociology, economics, development studies, education and theology. Prospective students are encouraged to contact CEAS staff directly to discuss their particular research interests.

Please see the SPAIS pages for prospective post-graduate research students for information on  how to apply.

The following staff members are available as Supervisors in CEAS:

Professor Jeffrey Henderson

Research interests:

China and its relation to global transformation; theorising emergent transformations in the global order and as part of that, analysing the consequences of China's international trade, the globalisation of its corporate base, the implications of its search for energy security, the impact of its foreign aid programme, its actions within the institutions of global governance, the human rights questions raised by its international expansion, and the geo-political consequences of all of these.

Dr Winnie King

Research interests:

East Asian political economy; political development in East Asia; state-business/state-societal relations; Chinese domestic politics and international relations; Taiwanese politics; Sino-EU relations.

Dr Ryerson Christie

Research interests:

Critical security studies; conflict and development; peacebuilding; civil society / state interaction in post-conflict states; human security; Southeast Asia, Cambodia Afghanistan and Canada; critical methodologies, including ethnography.

Dr Junko Yamashita

Research interests:

Care work and care policy; gender and social policy; non-profit organisations; social inequalities in Japan; comparative policy studies between European and East Asian and among East Asian societies.

Dr Gaston Fornes

Research interests:

Development of small and mid-sized firms in developing countries; relations between China and other developing countries (in particular Latin American); management in developing countries.

Reverend Dr Martin Gainsborough

Research interests:

Development politics; political economy; corruption; the state and state theory; East and South East Asian politics, especially Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma/Myanmar.

Professor Yongjin Zhang

Research interests:

International Relations theory; international relations of the Asia-Pacific (particularly security studies and regionalism); Chinese foreign policy and international relations; Chinese politics; political economy of China's transformation.

Programme Duration

MPhil: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; PhD: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time