SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

BA Japanese and ...

4 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. 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

2018 Entry requirements

  • No preliminary knowledge of the language is required but a foreign language at A-level or equivalent is preferred.
  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: Mature students, candidates with non-standard qualifications, Japanese nationals, and heritage speakers (i.e., Japanese raised abroad) who meet the academic requirements may be invited for interview.
A Levels:
A Level language preferred
35 (6/6/5)

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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

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Programme Code: T210

Start of programme: Sepetember

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

From the study of pre-modern Japanese literature and history, to contemporary cinema and TV, we are the home to the largest concentration of Japanese specialists in Europe. The BA Japanese Combined Honours Degree provides students with the highest level of competence in all aspects of the written and spoken language, as well as an introduction to both classical and modern Japanese culture, and is suitable for both absolute beginners as well as those with some knowledge of the Japanese language. Students will spend the third year of study in Japan furthering language proficiency and understanding of the local business practices and culture. Additionally, the nature of the Combined Honours Degree will allow you to create a specialist niche for yourself by studying another subject.

What subjects can you combine it with?

Other disciplines -  Development Studies, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art/ Archaeology, International Relations, Linguistics, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology, Study of Religions, World Philosophies Languages – Chinese Studies, Korean, Korean Studies

Why study Japanese Combined Honours at SOAS?

  • we are home to the largest concentration of Japan specialists outside of Japan
  • you will not only learn the essential language skills but also an in depth understanding of the region’s culture covering subjects from literature, history, cinema, and politics
  • you will spend your third year in Japan furthering language and cultural proficiency
  • we are specialists in the delivery of more that forty African and Asian languages. Your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities
  • choosing to study a Combined Honours programme will allow you take advantage of the expertise of one of our other departments allowing you create a specialist niche for yourself

Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.


Key Information Set Data

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


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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. Students take 60 credits of Japanese language, and the remaining 60 credits from their other subject in each year apart from Year 3.

The third year is spent at one of the twenty-plus Japanese universities that we have exchange programmes with. During the year in Japan you will study Japanese language as well as modules of your choice on Japan, and be able to have an important adventure in your life.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to research a topic of your choice in an Independent Study Project.

1st year Elementary Japanese
Core Language Module

Core modules must be passed in order to progress to the following year of study.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
J100: Elementary Japanese 155901195 60 Full Year
Other Subject

Two subject degree students choose 60 credits from their second subject.

1st year Accelerated Japanese
Core Language Module

Core modules must be passed in order to progress to the following year of study.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
J100: Accelerated Elementary Japanese 155901196 45 Full Year
Core Module

Students must choose one of the following modules.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Cultural History to 1600: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901199 15 Term 1
Japanese Cultural History 1600 to 1945: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901200 15 Term 2
Other Subject

Two subject degree students choose 60 credits from their second subject.

2nd Year
Core Language Module

Core modules must be passed in order to progress to the following year of study.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
J200: Intermediate Japanese 155901215 60 Full Year
Other Subject

Two subject degree students choose 60 credits from their second subject.

3rd Year: Year Abroad

Please see more information on the year abroad in Japan under the Teaching & Learning tab.

4th Year
Compulsory Japanese Language use module

Student must take 30 credits from List A.

Optional Modules

Depending on the number of credits to be studied in the second subject, the remaining credits can be from List A or List B or from the second subject.

List A (Language use modules)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Japanese Language and Culture 155900883 30 Full Year
J400: Advanced Japanese 155901285 30 Full Year
Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912 155900881 15 Term 1
Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945 155900882 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1 155901424 Term 2
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2 155901425 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868-1945 155901426 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present 155901427 Term 2
List B - (Non-language based disciplinary modules)

These optional modules are only available to students in year 4.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
History and Memory in East Asian Cultures 155903015 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 155903002 15 Term 2
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches 155903001 15 Term 1
Japanese Language Ideologies 155901419 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Japanese Traditional Drama 155901422 Term 1
Modern Japanese Literature 155901423 Term 2
Japanese Cinema in the 1960s: Politics, Porn and Protest 155904001 15 Term 2
Post-War Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey 155904000 15 Term 1
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 2 155900854 15 Term 1
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1 155900853 15 Term 1

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 60, 45, 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.

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.


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).

Learning Resources

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.

Year Abroad

All students spend their third year in Japan at one of the Japanese universities listed below, following successful completion of their second year. Please note that not all universities will have places available every year.

  • Hitotsubashi
  • International Christian University
  • Keio
  • Meiji University
  • Ochanomizu (women only)
  • Sophia
  • Tokyo U. of Foreign Studies
  • Waseda
  • Nagoya
  • Nanzan
  • Doshisha
  • Kyoto U. of Foreign Studies
  • Ritsumeikan
  • Kansai
  • Osaka U., School of Economics
  • Osaka U., School of Foreign Studies
  • Kobe
  • Kwansei Gakuin
  • Kyushu
  • Hokkaido U. of Education

Pre Entry Reading

  • B. Frellesvig, A History of the Japanese Language (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • K. Friday, Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850 (Westview Press, 2012)
  • C. Gerteis and T.S. George, Japan Since 1945: From Postwar to Post-bubble (Bloomsbury, 2013)
  • C. Goto-Jones, Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • J. Hendry, Understanding Japanese Society (Routledge, 2012)
  • M.B. Jansen, The Making of Modern Japan (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000)
  • H. Shirane, T. Suzuki, and D. Lurie (eds.), The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • P. Varley, Japanese Culture (University of Hawai’i Press, 2000)

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

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


Studying this programme will provide students with competency Japanese language skills as well as intercultural awareness and understanding. Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of Japan, or to make comparative study with other areas. 

Skills gained include:

  • a familiarity with the region through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law
  • communication and presentation skills
  • analytical skills
  • the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources

Graduates from the Department leave SOAS not only with language 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.

Find out more about Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea Destinations

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Bloomberg L.P
  • British High Commission
  • British Council Tokyo
  • Deloitte Management Consulting Ltd.
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International
  • NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  • Oxford University
  • The British Embassy
  • The British Museum
  • Wall Street Associates

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Head of Production
  • US Marketing Executive
  • Senior Research Executive
  • Director of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Project Leader, Strategic Planning
  • Solicitor
  • Architect
  • Interactive Designer
  • HM Ambassador to Japan
  • Freelance Japanese Translator

A Student's Perspective

It’s a melting pot of languages and cultures where your eyes open to new things you might have never heard about on a daily basis.

Antoni Slodkowski


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