School of Modern Languages

East Asian

East Asian Studies


Our diverse and multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned East Asia experts work with colleagues in other schools who provide specialisms in the history and politics of China and Japan.

We're proud to host the UK's newest Confucius Institute. The institute promotes Chinese language and culture through a series of intercultural events.

Undergraduate study

We operate a dual entry system. This allows students to start their East Asian studies from scratch or with an A-Level qualification.

Our students have the flexibility to study Chinese or Japanese alongside a European language. They can also study these together with another subject - like business or linguistics - through Combined Honours.

Our classes are small. This ensures each student receives individual care from our dedicated teaching team.

Our lecturers deliver both language and culture modules, ensuring smooth integration across curricula.

Our culture modules cover history, politics, business, film, literature and popular culture. This breadth ensures great appeal to a wide range of students.

We are especially proud of the flexibility and variety we offer during the year abroad in East Asia.

We offer five destinations in China, ranging from cosmopolitan cities to exciting rural destinations. In Japan, we offer a large choice of state and private universities in a range of cities.

Full list of undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate study

We offer a one-year MLitt research degree. This allows students to focus on a particular area of Chinese or Japanese studies. Linguistic high-fliers can apply to the School's world-renowned MA degrees in Translating and Interpreting.

Full list of postgraduate degrees

Extra-curricular activities

We offer lots of extra-curricular activities, which foster intercultural exchange. These include reading and speech clubs and student societies.

Tandem learning partnerships are popular among our students. They're a great way to further enhance your language skills.

We offer Chinese and Japanese language programmes.


Expertise in East Asia research at Newcastle spans three Schools in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

East Asian studies is one of five subject groups within the School of Modern Languages (SML), which operates as a single administrative and academic unit.

Our research publications and projects range across the fields of political science, social anthropology, gender, film and media, literary and historical studies.

Members of staff in the East Asian section work closely with East Asia experts based in the Schools of Historical Studies and Geography, Politics and Sociology, including:

Areas of East Asia research interests include:


The following members of staff work within the East Asian Studies section in the School of Modern Languages.

StaffList: East Asian Studies

Kumi Casey
Teaching Fellow in Japanese Language

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7134

Melissa Fang
Teaching Associate of Chinese Language

Telephone: 0044 (0)191 208 7134

Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
Lecturer in Japanese Studies


Professor Jun Qian
Professor Qian Jun 錢俊 (Qian Suoqiao 錢鎖橋) Chair of Chinese Studies and Director of the Confucius Institute

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8100

Dr Joanne Smith Finley
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7485

Dr Michael Tsang
Research Associate

Dr Shiro Yoshioka
Lecturer in Japanese Studies


Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu Yu
Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5054