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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Korean Language East Asia States: Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc in Korean studies is designed to equip you with the knowledge and the 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 and public policies, 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 region and beyond.

The MSc programme in Korea Studies will introduce a variety of innovative assignments so that you will be able 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 instructor will be encouraged not only in the traditional classroom format but also online, such as through collective lecture note taking and in group forum on Learn.

You will acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of key issues in Korean society, politics and international relations, history and economy 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.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 1 - Core
Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 2 - Core
Korean Studies Dissertation (60 Credits) - 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

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

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