SOAS University of London

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

BA East Asian Studies and ... (2022 entry)

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Overview and entry requirements

The BA East Asian Studies combined degree programme blends the study of both East Asian languages and East Asia-related subjects in various disciplines. Compared to the existing single-subject BA East Asian Studies degree, there is less emphasis on language learning. Compared to the existing 2-degree BA Chinese/Japanese/Korean and… (combined) degree, there is more space to study East Asia-related courses in a range of disciplines. This programme also differs from the existing offerings in that there is no year abroad included.

Through the course of the three years, students take modules in modern East Asian languages at the appropriate level. They can start as complete beginners, or they can start from higher levels. Progression through a total of four levels is offered, whereas for those who exceed the highest level, language-based courses in literature and film, as well as a language-based dissertation, are available. The programme also offers courses in regional languages.

See Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Combine East Asian Studies with other subjects

The nature of the East Asian Studies combined honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying another subject such as Development Studies, Economics, History, History of Art, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology, World Philosophies.

Why study East Asian Studies combined degree at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 10th in the UK in the 2022 Complete University Guide for East Asian Studies 
  • SOAS is home to the largest concentration of East Asian specialists in Europe
  • study East Asia-related subjects without a strong emphasis on language, or work at an advanced language level within a more traditional framework, as it is offered at most other universities. 
  • flexibly structure your programme using our central options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


Entry requirements

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4 years

Fees 2022/23

Fees for 2022/23 entrants per academic year

UK fees:
Overseas fees:

Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


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Key Information Set data

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Students take a total of 120 credits each year.

  • Year 1: students normally take 30 credits of language and 30 credits of culture/history module. The remaining 60 credits are taken in the second subject.
  • Year 2: students take a further 15 credits of compulsory culture module.  The remaining 45 credits can be taken from the lists of culture/history/language modules. The remaining 60 credits are taken in the second subject.
  • Year 3: students take a further 15 credits of compulsory culture module. The remaining 45 credits can be taken from the lists of culture/history/language modules. The remaining 60 credits are taken in the second subject.


Year 1

Students will take 60 East Asian Studies credits

Option 1

Students can take a 60 credit module from the Language module list below.
NB Students may take the 60 credit language in year 1 only. This will enable them to transfer to the language programme and go on a year abroad.


Option 2

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits form the Language module list below 


Module Code Credits Term
East Asian Civilizations 155901464 30 Full Year


Second Subject

Students will choose modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject

Year 2

Students will take the compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term
East Asian Imperialisms 155901481 15 Term 2

Students must take modules to the total value of 45 credits from List A / Language List below.


Second Subject

Students will choose modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject

Year 3

Students must take modules to the total value of 45 from credits from List B and/or Language list below.


Module Code Credits Term
History and Memory in East Asian Cultures 155903015 15 Term 2


Second Subject

Students will choose modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject

List A Guided option modules
Module Code Credits Term
Contemporary Chinese Society 155901478 15 Term 1
Contemporary Japanese Society 155901479 15 Term 1
Contemporary Korean Society 155901480 15 Term 1
List B Guided option modules
Module Code Credits Term
Japanese Cinema (UG) 155901476 15 Term 2
Chinese Cinema (UG) 155901474 15 Term 2
Writing from the Margins: Minority and "Outsider" Texts in Modern Japanese Literature 155901427 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature and Film 155901390 15 Term 1
Literature, Politics and National Identity in Modern China 155903017 15 Term 1
Modernity, Nation and Identity in Japanese History (1853-1945) 155900882 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Taiwan 155903020 15 Term 1
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
Language Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Ch 100: Elementary Chinese 155901440 60 Full Year
Chinese 1 A 155906022 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B 155906023 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 155900829 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 155901097 30 Full Year
Chinese 4 155901144 30 Full Year
Chinese 5 155901409 15 Term 1
Ch 200 Intermediate Chinese 155901467 30 Full Year
Ch 400: Advanced Chinese 155901468 15 Term 1
Ch 401: Chinese-English Translation 155901469 15 Term 2
Chinese for Business 155903010 15 Term 2
J100: Elementary Japanese 155901195 60 Full Year
Japanese 1 A 155906026 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B 155906027 15 Term 2
Japanese 2 155900875 30 Full Year
Japanese 3 155901345 30 Full Year
Japanese 4 155901346 30 Full Year
J400: Advanced Japanese 155901470 15 Term 1
J401: Japanese-English Translation 155901471 15 Term 2
K100: Elementary Korean 155900842 60 Full Year
Korean 1 A 155906028 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B 155906029 15 Term 2
Korean 2 155901404 30 Full Year
Korean 3 155900843 30 Full Year
K200 Intermediate Korean 155901472 30 Full Year
K400: Advanced Korean 155901473 15 Term 1
K401: Korean-English Translation 155901414 15 Term 2

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 60, 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are taught over one term or the full year. It also shows which modules are compulsory and which are optional.

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

More information is on the page for each module.

Year abroad

The BA East Asian Studies and... (combined) degree programme does not have a year abroad.

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



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.

Recent Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures graduates have been hired by organisations including:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea
  • European Commission
  • Google
  • ITN
  • Japanese Government
  • Korea Trade Centre (KOTRA)
  • KPMG
  • Mizuho Bank
  • Nagahama Board of Education
  • Nanjing Museum
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • PwC
  • Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Shelterbox
  • UNDP

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A Student's Perspective

You might not be able to find a department dedicated to your major... However, because SOAS has many courses that are interdisciplinary, you also might be able to find courses of your interests. For example, for SOAS does not have a dedicated philosophy department, I, a philosophy major, looked for courses in other departments that cover philosophical discourses. My experience here of studying Buddhism and Taoism was highly inspiring.

Dong-Kyung Lee, Korea University


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