SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

BA Korean

duration:
4 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • No prior knowledge of the language or the region is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: In principle all mature students, candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications, Korean nationals, and 'heritage speakers' (i.e., Koreans raised abroad) are invited for interview.
A Levels:
AAB - ABB
A Level language preferred
IB:
35 (6/6/5)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: T415 BA/K

In recent years Korean studies has developed into a viable and multi-faceted scholarly discipline. SOAS is committed to ensuring that, as the major centre for African and Asian studies in the UK, it provides an environment in which the full range of Korean studies can be consolidated and encouraged to expand further.

Degree Profile

The single-subject Korean degree is designed to provide a comprehensive overview and understanding of Korea and Korean culture by combining instruction in language, literature, and history. At the completion of their studies, students should have a strong command of both spoken and written forms of Korean. In addition to thorough training in the language, the degree aims to impart to its students knowledge of pre-modern traditions and the tools with which to interpret modern Korean society.

The degree offers a wide range of modules that include language modules (including mixed script Korean, composition, conversation, and translation), literature, pre-modern history, and modern culture and society. Students also have access to other Korea-related modules offered in other departments including art history and music.

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

In the first year, students concentrate on language study complemented by introductory modules on Korean history and culture. They are required to spend their second year at Korea University or Sogang University in Seoul, where they focus on intensive language training which is essential to any further study of the subject. The third and fourth years are devoted to applying and furthering their language skills through modules that involve reading and analysing advanced texts and literary works, through which they gain a deeper understanding of Korean culture and society.

Single subject students need to take a minimum of 12 units in Korean.

Year 1: Single-subject students normally 3 units of Korean modules (2 languages units and 1 unit in modern culture and society), 1 unit from the approved list and/or 1 open option (i.e. a module in a subject or language other than those named in the student's chosen degree title).

Year 2: This is a compulsory year abroad at Korea University or Sogang University in Seoul. (BA Chinese/Japanese and Korean students spend their year abroad in China and Japan respectively, not in Korea.)

Year 3: Single-subject students choose at least 2 units or Korean language modules from the approved list. The remaining unit(s) are made up fro, other modules available on the BA Korean syllabus and/or 1 open option unit..

Year 4: Single-subject students choose take the Independent Study Project (ISP) in Korean Language and Culture (1 Unit) and choose at least 1 unit of Korean language-use module from the approved list. The remaining unit(s) are made up from other modules available on the BA Korean syllabus and/or 1 open option unit.

Single-Subject Korean

Students must take a total of four units each year.

Year 1
Compulsory Units
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Elementary Korean 155900842 2 Unit Full Year
Elementary Korean 2 155901256 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Korea 155900809 1 Unit Full Year
Choose 1 Unit

Choose one unit from the following list or an open option unit from another department.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 1 155901197 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 2 155901198 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Year 2: Year Abroad

For information on the year abroad in Korea, please see the Teaching & Learning tab.

Year 3
Compulsory Language modules

Choose modules to the value of at least 1 unit from the following list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Mixed Script Korean 155900844 1 Unit Full Year
Composition in Korean 155900722 0.5 Unit Term 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 0.5 Unit Term 2
Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean 155901392 1 Unit Full Year
Non language options

Choose modules to the value of 0 to 2 units from the following list or 1 unit and an open option.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Trajectories of Modernity in 20th Century Korean Literature 155901390 0.5 Unit Term 2
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 0.5 Unit Term 1
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 1 Unit Full Year
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 0.5 Unit Term 1
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 1 Unit Full Year
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 0.5 Unit Term 2
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 0.5 Unit Term 1
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 0.5 Unit Term 1
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 0.5 Unit Term 2
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 Unit Term 2
Year 4
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture 155900795 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Language modules

Choose modules to the value of at least 1 unit from the following list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Readings in Korean Literature 155901385 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Readings in Modern Korean 155900968 1 Unit Full Year
Korean-English-Korean Translation 155901276 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Advanced Composition in Korean 155900725 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Composition in Korean 155900722 0.5 Unit Term 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 0.5 Unit Term 2
Non language options

Choose modules to the value of 0 to 2 units from the following list or 1 unit and an open option.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Trajectories of Modernity in 20th Century Korean Literature 155901390 0.5 Unit Term 2
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 0.5 Unit Term 1
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 1 Unit Full Year
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 1 Unit Full Year
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 0.5 Unit Term 1
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 0.5 Unit Term 2
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 0.5 Unit Term 1
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 0.5 Unit Term 2
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 Unit Term 2

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Students spend Year 2 at Korea University or Sogang University in Seoul.

Teaching & Learning

Most units are taught in small classes. Modern language teaching involves classroom work and independent study. A few non-language units are taught by formal lecture. The single and combined degree courses are examined through oral and written examinations and coursework or reports.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,000 £16,250
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,125

Employment

As a graduate who specialised in Korean, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. 

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

The best thing about my time here is that there has been a huge improvement in my language skills and I have become more aware of people from various backgrounds. 

Alice Yuen

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