Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies


Key details 


Start Year
Full Time
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)

Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent

Degree subject

Humanities or Social Sciences

Additional entry requirements

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in Political, Social and International Studies

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in two components only, with 6.0 in the other two)

  • PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in two components only with 64 in the other two)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk.


This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.


Course Reference Number: 4477950

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2022/23 are: 

  • UK Students: £8,900 (full time) 

  • International Students: £18,500 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students). 

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month. 

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here


Scholarships and Bursaries 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course related costs

Ritsukeikan University waives tuition fees for UEA students. UEA students will pay fees to UEA for their period of enrollment (2 years). 

UEA students will be responsible for the following fees at Ritsukeikan University: the Academic Society Fee (Gakkai-hi), the Graduate Students Association Fee (Insei-kyogikai-hi), and the Alumni Association Fee (Koyokai-hi) of Ritsukeikan University. 

UEA students will need to cover any additional non-tuition costs incurred at Ritsukeikan University themselves, including travel, accommodation and living costs.  

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs. 

Course Reference Number: 4477950

How to Apply

Complete applications should be submitted by Friday 10 June 2022 to be considered.

A School panel will select up to 3 students to participate. Decisions will be based on academic excellence, demonstrated interest in Japan, Japanese culture, politics or language, and an interest in the politics of East Asia, as demonstrated in their personal statement. All other candidates who meet the minimum entry criteria but are not selected for the programme, will be offered a place on the single, one-year MA in International Relations.

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 4477950
Key details
Full Time
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
This degree offers students a unique opportunity to gain a double MA degree from UEA and Ritsumeikan University in Japan. Students will spend their first year at UEA then spend their second year at Ritsumeikan University, subject to government health advice at the time.  You will study the big questions of global politics: Terrorism, poverty, war, climate change, famine, disease pandemics, gender inequality, financial crises, transnational crime and underdevelopment.   You will also have the opportunity to live and study in Japan and to experience a different perspective on global politics.   Our double MA will equip you with the knowledge and skills to grapple with these challenges, helping you understand their causes and consequences within the international system. 
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