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Double Masters in Asian & European Affairs MA

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Our Double Masters in Asian & European Affairs MA will give you an in-depth knowledge of the politics, economics and society of Asia and Europe. You will study at two world-leading institutions: Renmin University of China, where you will benefit from its expertise on China and Asia; and King’s College London, where you will benefit from our expertise in European affairs. Together we will provide you with the knowledge to critically understand and assess Asian, European and global politics.

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Key benefits

  • Opportunity to learn about both contemporary Asia and Europe with a particular focus on economic, political and societal dynamics.
  • Study at two of the world’s most prestigious universities, in two of the world’s most dynamic cities (one year in Beijing, one year in London).
  • Unique opportunity to develop a sensitivity towards social, cultural and political differences greatly valued by employers.
  • Possibility of learning Chinese contributes to employability.
  • For Chinese students, reaching proficiency in English contributes to employability.
  • European & International Studies staff contributed in a major way to King’s being ranked first for research power in the field of Politics and International Relations (2014 Research Excellence Framework).

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 2 years FT, one year China, one year London

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 210/ECTS 105

Course leaders

Ramon Pacheco Pardo

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London and Renmin University of China

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies



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The EU is the largest economic block in the world and Asia is the fastest-growing region. This course will equip you with sufficient knowledge about the two regions to work in either of them or in international institutions. You will have the opportunity to study and understand a variety of political, economic and societal topics and to gain specialised knowledge on two topics of your choice and develop advanced research skills through two research dissertations – one for Renmin University of China and one for King’s.

Renmin University of China (RUC) is a leading research university focusing on humanities and social sciences. Its scope covers natural sciences, information technology and environmental sciences. According to the China Ministry of Education, Renmin is ranked first for the study of political science, public administration, economics, law, statistics, business administration and sociology. The School of International Studies (SIS) is one of the earliest institutes to engage in the teaching and research of political science and international affairs. Because of this, the school has established strong academic traditions and accumulated invaluable historical experience, making it a leading and influential teaching and research base in the fields of political science and international studies in China.

King’s is one of the top universities in the world, as well as one of the most recognised institutions for the study of politics, political economy and international relations. Our Department benefits from links to other departments via the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Law and Governance, making us an excellent place to study contemporary European affairs.

Course purpose

Offers postgraduate-level education in Asian and European affairs. Provides students with the opportunity to study and understand a variety of political, economic and societal topics and to gain specialised knowledge on two topics of their choice through the completion of two research dissertations (one for Renmin University of China, the other for King's).

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Course format and assessment


You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision.

In year 1, students are expected to successfully complete 32 RUC credits. In year 2, students will have six hours per week of teaching during term time as well as 34 hours of self-study per week.

For Renmin University of China, one credit equates to 18 class hours.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work at King’s.


You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by: 50% examination and 50% coursework in year 1, and 100% coursework in year 2.

Year 2: The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay; other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.



Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 210 credits. Please note that you will take 28 RUC credits (which equates to 30 credits at King’s College London) and 180 credits at King’s.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Required Modules

Year 1 (Renmin University of China)

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Contemporary Chinese Politics (3 credits)
  • Asia-Pacific Security & Strategy (4 credits)
  • Basic Chinese Language (4 credits)
  • Asia-Pacific Energy Cooperation (4 credits)
  • Theories of International Relations & Asia-Pacific Cooperation (4 credits)
  • Contemporary Japanese Politics/Nations in Nationalism in East Asia (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Chinese History & Culture (3 credits)
  • Academic Writing (2 credits)
Optional Modules

Year 1 (Renmin University of China)

In addition, you are required to take five credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Sino-US Relations (2 credits)
  • The Political Economy of China-Developing Countries Relations (2 credits)
  • Contemporary Chinese Society (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Chinese Economics & Finance/Investing in China (2 credits)
  • China’s Grand Strategy (lectures & visits) (2 credits)
  • Contemporary Chinese Foreign Economic Relations (3 credits)
  • Methodologies in Social Science (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy (3 credits)
  • Students may also take up to three credits in modules taught in Chinese by the School of International Studies at Renmin.

Year 2

Required Modules

Year 2 (King’s College London)

You are required to take the following modules:

You are also required to take:

Optional Modules

Year 2 (King’s College London)

In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Students may also continue taking Chinese language classes at King’s Modern Language Centre.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Double Masters Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  2:1

Bachelors degree with 2.1 honours in a relevant subject area. 

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 


Application procedure

All interested students should apply through King's online application system apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies. Applications will be examined and offers will be made by a joint admissions board comprising academic staff from both King's and Renmin.

Students holding Chinese nationality should contact Renmin directly before applying through King's online system. Chinese nationals will have to complete the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate Students in China, per People's Republic of China Ministry of Education regulations. Renmin's contact details are as follows:
Ms Pan Haiyan
Ph: +86 10 6251 0626
E-mail: panhaiyan@ruc.edu.cn
Room 816B, Mingde International Building, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, 59 Zhongguancun Street, Haidian, Beijing, China, 100872

Personal statement and supporting information

In the personal statement, students should outline likely dissertation topics, and try to provide a breakdown of the courses/modules studied at undergraduate level. They should also explain fully their motivation for applying to the Double Masters in Asian & European Affairs, and how they believe it will contribute to their own intellectual and professional development.

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement  Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 30 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £11,700 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £19,650 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 Additional costs/expenses

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Students undertaking this course would be ideally placed to work in the public sector, in government and international organisations, particularly in departments working on European and/or Asian issues. Graduates would be well placed to gain roles in journalism, consultancy and think tanks in the private sector.

Career destinations

Students undertaking this course would be ideally placed to work in the public sector, in government and international organisations, particularly in departments working on European and/or Asian issues. Graduates would be well placed to gain roles in journalism, consultancy and think tanks in the private sector.


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