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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Korean Language East Asia States: Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

The Korean peninsula lies at the centre of landmark geopolitical developments in the early 21st century. North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and tensions between the two Koreas serve as stark reminders of the fragility of regional and global orders. South Korea has become a major global economic player and an important actor in development assistance. Additionally, Korean culture (including pop culture) has surged to global popularity over the past decade and exported across the globe. Understanding Korean culture, history, current political and economic developments, and international relations is therefore crucial to make sense of key processes in global security, economics and politics in Asia and beyond.

The MSc in Korean Studies is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically engage with these developments through recognised Masters-level training in both Korean Studies and East Asian Studies with a focus on history, society, the economy, urban studies, public policy, politics and international relations. The unique combination of Korean, East Asian and disciplinary expertise will enable you to acquire both in-depth knowledge about the Korean peninsula and the analytical skills to make connections between the Korean experience and other countries in the East Asian region and beyond.

The MSc programme in Korean Studies will introduce a variety of innovative assignments to draw on your interests and talents. The various assignments include video-essays, podcasts, blogs, Wikipedia entries, policy briefs and review articles or editorials. During the induction week, you will have various seminars and workshops where you will be familiarised with the new assignments and their requirements. Active participation among students and between students and instructors will be encouraged not only in the traditional classroom format but also online through collective lecture note taking and in group forum on Learn.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow the programme will achieve the following skills:

  • Academic skills to understand and explain contemporary social issues in Korea and East Asia, drawing from broader comparative perspectives across the world.
  • A strong understanding of theoretical and conceptual tools in Social and Political Science and International Relations, Urban Policies, and History.
  • Ability to conduct research on the specific issues and analyse the global issues critically.
  • Knowledge of history and historical contexts.
  • Linguistic competences from Korean, Japanese and Chinese.
  • Sound knowledge of the East Asian region and its international role.
  • Regional knowledge, especially regarding funding bodies on research in South Korea and the neighbouring countries.
  • Familiarity with digital techniques and experience making podcasts, video essays, and blogs.
  • Social skills necessary to work together with peer students and academics.

Career opportunities

You will acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of key issues in Korean society, politics and international relations, history and economics and will be able to relate those to broader social, political, and economic trends in the East Asian region and globally.

You will be able to engage various disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and apply concepts to empirical cases. You will also gain the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse, compare and assess competing claims and make informed judgements about them.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



MSc in Korean Studies Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core
Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 1 - Core
Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 2 - Core
Korean Politics and International Relations - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

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