SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

MSc International Management (Japan)

On Campus Programme

One calendar year (full-time) Two calendar years (part-time)

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 4 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours

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Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme focuses on management and its environment in Japan and includes high-level courses in international management and finance disciplines. It draws upon Japan experts and management specialists within the University and from positions within London-based commerce, finance and government. The core modules enable you to study the principles and applications of international management and the interplay between global and local factors influencing management in Japan. You can use the elective modules to focus on either management skills that can be applied worldwide or specialise in understanding the Japanese business environment. For those who choose to, our programme also offers unique opportunities to improve existing skills in Japanese. No knowledge of Japanese is required to complete the MSc programme successfully, since English language materials are available. Those students who already have Japanese language skills will have every opportunity to use them in studying data and source materials.



The MSc International Management for Japan has three components:

  1. Four core courses
  2. Elective course(s) to the value of 1.0 unit
  3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

Electives are divided into the Japanese Managerial Environment and General Management courses. Students are encouraged to take a mixture of both in order to build an understanding of the local business and cultural environment.

If selecting a language option at a non-beginner level, please contact for details of the language placement test prior to the start of Term 1​.

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 25% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and select an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.

Not all elective courses are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that if half units are selected, one term 1 course and one term 2 course needs to be chosen across Regional and General electives.

Part-time Study

Part-time students are required to complete three of the core courses during their first year, then one core and two elective courses plus the dissertation during the second year.

Those enrolled on the three-year programme are required to complete three of the core courses during their first year, one core and two elective courses in the second year, and the dissertation in the third year.

Core Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
International management 15PFMC072 0.5 Unit Term 1
Management in Japan I 15PFMC018 0.5 Unit Term 1
Management in Japan II 15PFMC077 0.5 Unit Term 2
Research methods in management 15PFMC062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Elective Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Corporate finance 15PFMC070 0.5 Unit Term 1
Corporate governance 15PFMC069 0.5 Unit Term 2
Cross-cultural management 15PFMC076 0.5 Unit Term 2
International Business Strategy 15PFMC082 0.5 Unit Term 2
International Marketing 15PFMC080 0.5 Unit Term 1
International human resource management 15PFMC078 0.5 Unit Term 1
Risk management 15PFMC071 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Japanese financial system 15PFMC073 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Advanced Japanese for business and management 15PFMC064 0.5 Unit Term 2
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 1 Unit Full Year
Higher Advanced Japanese (Masters) 15PEAC021 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017


Important information for 2017/18 applicants

For the 2017 academic year, SOAS has introduced a new academic framework for all of our postgraduate taught courses. The new model will mean that taught programmes are now made up of four units each worth 30 credits – our current structure is based on three units – plus dissertation. This approach is in line with PG programmes in most other universities.

In practice this means that there will be additional choice of modules for students taking PG taught programmes in 2017. The modules set out here represent the options available in the programme in 2016. In most cases, our 2017 programmes will contain these options plus additional modules – broadening the range of what is available on your programme.

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Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 4 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
11,290 18,900 £5,645 £9,450 £3,763 £6,300
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


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