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MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language (Korean)

MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language (Korean)

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 2 years | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Japanese Language Korean Language East Asia States: Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Japanese Studies:

The MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language is a two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) programme. This MA is designed to provide intensive language training at different proficiency levels - depending on entry level - within a Masters programme in Japanese Studies

The MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language programme allows students to:

  • cultivate or further develop a basic expertise in particular aspects of Japanese Studies
  • choose modules that meet their own needs, with respect to their interest in Japan and future career plans
  • develop their abilities to synthesize information, to think critically, to manage a complex research project and to present results in verbal and written form
  • achieve a high level of language proficiency
  • master transferable language and analytical skills in order to prepare for a variety of potential future professional or research careers.

Intensive Language (Korean):

The MA (discipline) and Intensive Language (Korean) suits students wishing to embark on research degrees with a focus on Korea. Also, professionals wishing to pursue careers directly related to Korea, including government departments (of both the UK and other countries), and in firms requiring particular skills and knowledge related to trading, investment and promotional interests outside Europe.

The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with Korea in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course would enable them to reach a high level of Korean language proficiency.

This two-year programme (or four years part-time) will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive Korean language study in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. The programme will enable students to engage with the subjects of their Masters’ programme in the context of Korea through Korean, to engage with primary Korean sources and data and to conduct research and professional work in Korea.


Graduates from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures develop competencies in intercultural awareness, analysis and communication. Demand for specialists with advanced proficiency in the languages of China, Japan and Korea has significantly increased in recent years, and graduates with these skills are highly sought after by employers.


At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of intermediate Korean grammar knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Korean vocabulary knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Korean structures and expressions in a given context the ability to understand passages in written Korean of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics the ability to produce passages in written Korean of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics. This is intermediate level module. the ability to understand spoken Korean and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics the ability to learn Korean autonomously through independent language-based activities (specific learning outcome for PG students)

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Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

University information

At SOAS University of London, students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and to think globally. SOAS is the leading higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East, offering over a hundred postgraduate programmes, all taught by world-class specialists. The central London campus is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a...more