SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

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

2017 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)

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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

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

In recent years Korean studies has developed into a viable and multi-faceted scholarly discipline. SOAS is committed to ensuring that, as the major centre for African and Asian studies in the UK, it provides an environment in which the full range of Korean studies can be consolidated and encouraged to expand further.

Degree Profile

The single-subject Korean degree is designed to provide a comprehensive overview and understanding of Korea and Korean culture by combining instruction in language, literature, and history. At the completion of their studies, students should have a strong command of both spoken and written forms of Korean. In addition to thorough training in the language, the degree aims to impart to its students knowledge of pre-modern traditions and the tools with which to interpret modern Korean society.

The degree offers a wide range of modules that include language modules (including mixed script Korean, composition, conversation, and translation), literature, pre-modern history, and modern culture and society. Students also have access to other Korea-related modules offered in other departments including art history and music.

All students on the BA Korean spend year two in South Korea at Korea University or Sogang University, both in Seoul. 

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

In the first year, students concentrate on language study complemented by introductory modules on Korean history and culture. They are required to spend their 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.

Single subject students need to take a minimum of 360 credits in Korean.

Year 1: Single-subject students take 90 credits of Korean modules (60 credits in language modules and 30 credits in culture and society modules) and, 30 credits from the approved list or an open option in another department.

Year 2: This is a compulsory year abroad at Korea University or Sogang University in Seoul. (BA Chinese/Japanese and Korean students spend their year abroad in China and Japan respectively, not in Korea.)

Year 3: Single-subject students choose at least 60 credits of Korean language modules from the approved list. The remaining credits are made up from other modules available from the list of non language options and/or open option.

Year 4: Single-subject students take the Independent Study Project (ISP) in Korean Language and Culture (30 credits) and choose at least 30 credits of Korean language-use module from the approved list. The remaining credits are made up from other modules available from the list of non language options and/or 30 credits in an open option module.

Students must take a total of 120 credits each year.

Year 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Elementary Korean 155900842 2 UnitsFull Year
Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Korea 155900809 1 UnitFull Year
Optional Modules

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

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 1 155901197 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 2 155901198 0.5 UnitsTerm 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 Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to Mixed Script Korean 155900844 1 UnitFull Year
Composition in Korean 155900722 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean 155901392 1 UnitFull Year
Non Language Options (List C)

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

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 1 UnitFull Year
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 1 UnitFull Year
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Year 4
Compulsory Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture 155900795 1 UnitFull Year
Compulsory Language Modules (List B)

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

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Korean-English Translation 155901414 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Readings in Korean Literature 155901415 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Advanced Readings in Modern Korean 155900968 1 UnitFull Year
Advanced Composition in Korean 155900725 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Composition in Korean 155900722 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 0.5 UnitsTerm 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 Unit value Term Availability
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 1 UnitFull Year
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 1 UnitFull Year
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 0.5 UnitsTerm 1

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Year abroad
Compulsory Language Year Abroad in Korea

Students will be required to enrol in the Korean Regular Course each term for three terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter sessions), 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.

(NB: BA Chinese/Japanese and Korean students spend their year abroad in China and Japan respectively, not in Korea.)

Language Year Abroad participants pay reduced tuition fees to SOAS, not to the host universities. Students are advised to pay their SOAS tuition fees before going to Korea.  All queries related to SOAS fees should be addressed to the Registry. However, some host universities require a deposit that all students need to pay in order to register for the Korean language course. This will be returned when students meet the minimum requirement of 80% attendance with a passing grade of 70%.


Average expenses/cost of living is approximately KRW1,200,000~2,000,000 per month. The actual costs can differ depending on the student’s lifestyle. Also, the living expenses indicated on the Certificate of Admission or required by each Korean Embassy for visa issuance could differ from this amount, depending on the requirements of the individual embassy.

Currently, the Korean embassy in London allows an exemption from a proof of financial affordability for student visa applicants who are undertaking their Year Abroad in certain universities including the SOAS partner universities (Korea University, Seoul National University, Sogang University). Students are advised to check the most up to date information about visa issuance at http://gbr.mofa.go.kr/engli sh/eu/gbr/visa/issuance/index. jsp. 

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 by formal lecture. The single and combined degree programmes are examined through oral and written examinations and coursework or reports.

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

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

As a graduate who specialised in Korean, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic 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. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. 

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

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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