In this programme you will gain specialist knowledge of business and management in Japan including modules in accounting, finance, managerial economics, marketing, corporate governance, research methods and international business strategy, as well as a deep understanding of Japanese history, culture and language. The third year of study is spent abroad at a partner institution in Japan.
Why study International Management (Japan) at SOAS?
- we are home to the largest concentration of Japan specialists outside of Japan
- you will spend your third year in Japan furthering language and cultural proficiency
- we expertly apply theoretical concepts to real issues facing businesses that operate in Japan
- as Asian economies continue to expand, knowledge of the language and culture will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade
- you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn the regional language
- we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities
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Programme Code: NTC2
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- A Levels:
- GCSE Maths B (grade 6 in the new structure)
- 35 (665 at HL)
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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
- 4 years
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a current student and enrolled on this programme in 2017/18 or before, you can find the relevant programme structure here.
This is a 4-year programme. You will spend 3 years studying on campus, while normally spending Year 3 overseas allocated at Hokkaido University. Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.
The programme has been designed so that second and third year modules build on modules taken in earlier years. In your final-year you will complete an Independent Study Project or Dissertation on an agreed topic in International Management.
If selecting a language option at a non-beginner level, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the language placement test prior to the start of Term 1.
Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 15 credits:
Students will usually spend Year 3 at a partner institution in Japan. Study abroad year worth 120 credits.
Students will usually spend Year 3 at a partner institution in Japan.
Choose modules to the value of 45 credits from the list below:
List of modules (subject to availability)
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 & Learning
All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.
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. In the School of Finance and Management, all undergraduate modules have a two-hour lecture every week and also, starting in the second week of teaching, a one-hour seminar every week.
More information is on the page for each module.
Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually one hour a week of each. Sometimes, one follows the other in a two-hour bloc. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.
Lectures are led by an academic while tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.
Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and advanced level modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion. Advanced level modules, which are usually taught in one two-hour bloc, often take this format.
The assessment procedures involve coursework assignments, tests and unseen examinations. They provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content and systems taught in lectures, tutorials and the literature.
The Independent Study Project (ISP)
These can be taken by final-year students only. Like the Special Subject dissertation, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It too involves no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).
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.
Studying this programme will provide you with a firm grasp of international management disciplines.
Skills gained include:
- a coherent and solid knowledge of management and finance, with direct reference to Japan
- a deep understanding of the Japanese language and culture
- statistical and computing skills
- the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
- analytical skills
- communication and presentation skills
Graduates from the Department have pursued successful careers in business, banking, consulting, media and other industries, especially in companies or organisations that operate in, or do business with Japan.
Find out more about Finance and Management Graduate Destinations.
Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
- Euro Monitor International
- HM Treasury
- Western Securities Co. Ltd
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
- Trainee Chartered Accountant
- Business Relationship Manager
- Financial Analyst
- Market Research Executive
- Management Consultant
- Foreign Exchange Trading Business Manager
- Deputy Chief Executive Officer
- Events Manager