SOAS University of London

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

BA Korean

duration:
4 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 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 prior knowledge of the language or the region is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: Mature students, candidates with non-standard qualifications, Korean nationals, and heritage speakers (i.e., Korean raised abroad) who meet the academic requirements may be invited for interview.
A Levels:
AAB - ABB
A Level language preferred
IB:
35 (6/6/5)

View alternative entry requirements

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

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

From the study of pre-modern Korean literature and history, to contemporary Korean cinema and TV. The BA Korean programme 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 Korean culture, and is suitable for both absolute beginners as well as those with some knowledge of the Korean language. Students will spend the second year of study in Korea furthering language proficiency and understanding of the local business practices and culture.

Why study Korean at SOAS?

  • we are home to the largest concentration of Korean specialists in Europe
  • 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 second year in Korea furthering language and cultural proficiency
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments
  • 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

Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

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Key Information Set Data

Structure

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 must take a minimum of 360 credits in core Korean modules.

In the first year, students concentrate on language study complemented by introductory modules on Korean history and culture. This includes 90 credits of Korean modules and 30 credits from an Open Option in another department.

You will then be required to spend your 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.

Year 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Korean 155900842 60 Full Year
Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Korea 155900809 30 Full Year
Optional Modules

Choose 30 credits from the following list or an open option module from another department.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 1 155901197 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 2 155901198 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Year 2: Year Abroad

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

Year 3
Compulsory Language Modules (List A)

Choose 60 credits from the following list.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Mixed Script Korean 155900844 30 Full Year
Composition in Korean 155900722 15 Term 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 15 Term 2
Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean 155901392 30 Full Year
Non Language Options (List C)

Choose 60 credits from the list below or an open option.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 1
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 15 Term 2
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 30 Full Year
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 15 Term 1
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 15 Term 1
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 15 Term 1
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1
Year 4
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture 155900795 30 Full Year
Compulsory Language Modules (List B)

Choose at least 30 credits from the list below. You may take more.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Korean-English Translation 155901414 15 Term 1
Readings in Korean Literature 155901415 15 Term 2
Advanced Readings in Modern Korean 155900968 30 Full Year
Advanced Composition in Korean 155900725 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Composition in Korean 155900722 15 Term 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 15 Term 2
Non Language Options (List C)

Choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below and/or from List B or an open option.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 1
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 15 Term 2
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 30 Full Year
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 15 Term 1
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 15 Term 1
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 15 Term 1

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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

Year Abroad

Students will be required to enrol in the Korean Regular Course for three terms, fulfil coursework requirements and sit the local examinations at the Korean partner university. Students will also be required to write and submit a Year Abroad Project (an essay of approximately 5,000-10,000 words) upon their return, but no later than 1 September. The project can be on any topic related to Korea, and students can consult different subject tutors for reading suggestions and advice if so required.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

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

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

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

Employment

Studying this programme will provide students with competency in language skills as well as intercultural awareness and understanding.

Skills gained include:

  • you will have gained competency in language skill
  • intercultural familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion
  • 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 Seoul
  • Deloitte Management Consulting Ltd.
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Korea Trade Organisation
  • Korea 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
  • Freelance Korean Translator

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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