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 culture, politics and history of China and Japan.

We ranked 3rd in both The Times Good University Guide 2020 with a score of 94.9 out of 100, and in The 2021 Complete University Guide with a score of 93 out of 100. In both league tables we out-perform our key competitors. We scored particularly well in Teaching Quality (GUG: 87.8%) and Student Experience or Satisfaction (GUG: 82.7%, CUG: 83%).

We're proud to host one of 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.

For more about East Asian Studies at Newcastle, see our Newsletters.

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-flyers 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 studies, film and media studies, literary studies, historical studies and heritage studies. Key areas with more than one active researcher include popular culture; film, literature, media and representation; modernity and modernisation; nationalism and state formation; identity; inter-ethnic relations and conflicts, centre-periphery relations, and peace studies; translation studies; diaspora studies and transnationalism; and heritage and urban development. The presence of more than one researcher in each of these areas brings intellectual coherence to Asian Studies at Newcastle.

Members of staff in the East Asian section work closely with East Asia experts based in the Schools of History, Classics and Archaeology; Geography, Politics and Sociology; and Architecture, Planning and Landscape, including:

Areas of East Asia research interests include:

Members of the East Asian section also participate in the Asian Studies Research Group (link to their current events programme); see also their full website at .


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

StaffList: East Asian Studies

Fumika Cartlidge
Japanese teacher


Kumi Casey

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7134


Melissa Fang

Telephone: 0044 (0)191 208 7134

Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies


Liang Liang
Guest Member of Staff

Dr Wei Pan
Chinese Director - Confucius Centre


Sheng Peng
Visiting Lecturer


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

Maria Roemer
Lecturer in Japanese


Dr Jo Smith Finley
Reader in Chinese Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7485

Dr Fang Su
Lecturer in Chinese

Etsuko Suda
Lecturer in Japanese

Telephone: +44 (0)191-2086735

Dr Michael Tsang
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow


Lydia Wu
Research Associate


Dr Shiro Yoshioka
Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Telephone: 0191 208 7524

Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu
Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies

Telephone: 0191 2087492