Welcome to East Asian Studies

Matthew Treherne, Head of School welcomes you to the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

Welcome from the Director of East Asian Studies, Dr Frances Weightman.

Many congratulations on getting your grades! We all look forward to welcoming you to East Asian Studies in September and helping you settle in to life and study at Leeds.

Independent Learning

The Level 1 programme is designed to encourage students to work independently and help you develop the skills needed to manage your own work, whether you are working on your own or with small groups of other students from your seminar group. Such skills are critical in making the transition from school to university and will help support your learning throughout your time at university, and in particular, if you are taking a language programme with us, in your Year Abroad in East Asia in the 2nd year. You are encouraged to begin looking at reading lists before you come to Leeds – the more you read the more prepared you will be for the diversity of modules on offer.

You can enhance your study skills, including essay-writing, coping with exams, etc., by making use of the support offered by Skills@Library.

Making the Grade

East Asian Studies courses have a modular structure; each year is divided into modules. A module is a self-contained unit of study which counts towards a qualification. A number of modules will make up your programme of study. Each module is assigned a number of credits which correspond to the number of hours allocated to learning and teaching activities within the module.


Members of staff in East Asian Studies have a wide variety of research interests, spanning both humanities and social sciences. This diversity is reflected in the teaching we deliver, particularly in the range of upper year optional modules available. You will also have the opportunity to undertake your own piece of independent research in your final year, leading to a dissertation, and will receive individual supervision in this from a member of staff. For more information about the research interests of staff in EAST, see the staff pages of the School’s website.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.