Overview and entry requirements
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 - from the study of pre-modern Korean literature and history, to contemporary Korean cinema and TV. The BA Korean is suitable for both absolute beginners as well as those with some knowledge of the Korean language.
Students will spend the third year of study in Korea furthering language proficiency and understanding of the local business practices and culture.
See Japan and Korea Department
Why study Korean at SOAS
- UK Top 10 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings for Modern Languages
- we are home to the largest concentration of Korean specialists in Europe
- gain essential language skills but also an in-depth understanding of the region’s culture covering subjects from literature, history, cinema, and politics
- spend your third year in Korea furthering language and cultural proficiency
- flexibly structure your programme using our central options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments
Programme Code: T415 BA/K
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- No prior knowledge of the language or the region is required.
- Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at GCSE or A-level, or equivalent, is preferred
- Interview Policy: Mature students, candidates with non-standard qualifications, Korean nationals, and heritage speakers (ie, Korean raised abroad) who meet the academic requirements may be invited for interview.
- A Levels:
- AAB - ABB
- A Level language preferred
- 35 (6/6/5)
View alternative entry requirements
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
Fees for 2021/22 entrants per academic year
- UK fees:
- Overseas fees:
Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.
Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and guided modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.
- Year 1: students concentrate on language study complemented by introductory modules on history and culture and academic writing skills.
- Year 2: students will take further modules on language and history/culture.
- Year 3: From 2021, the third year will be spent abroad at Korea University or Sogang University in Seoul, where the focus is on intensive language training which is essential to any further study of the subject.
- Year 4: students will further their language skills and take modules in history/stroke culture and write an independent study project.
This module must be passed in order to progress to the following year of study.
*Lifeboat Option: If a student is struggling with K100, they will move to Korean 1B (155906029) in the 2nd semeseter & write an extended essay (155901421), then move to the BA East Asian Studies Programme
Students must take the modules below:
This module must be passed in order to progress into the following year of study.
Students must take the modules below
Choose a module from Year 2 - List A to the value of 15 credits.
Choose modules from Year 2 - List A or Central options (at the relevant FHEQ level for your academic year of study) to the value of 30 credits.
Year 3 of this programme is normally spent on your Year Abroad. For information on the year abroad in Korea, please see the Teaching & Learning tab.
Students must take the modules below
Choose a module(s) from Year 4 - List A to the value of 30 credits.
Choose modules from Year 4 - List A/List B or Central options to the value of 30 credits.
Year 2 - List A Guided option modules
FHEQ Level 5
Year 4 - List A Guided option modules
Year 4 - List B Guided Option Modules
FHEQ Level 6
List B Language Modules
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
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.
All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 60, 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.
Students will be required to enrol in the Korean Regular Course for three terms, sit and pass the local examinations at the Korean partner university. Students will also be required to complete a particular level by the end of the Language Year Abroad (LYA).
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 for 2021/22 entrants per academic year
BA, BSc, LLB
|BA/BSc Language year abroad
Please note that fees go up each year.
For full details of undergraduate tuition fees, see our Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.
Application Deadline: 2020-04-30 15:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
Studying this programme will provide students with competency in language skills as well as intercultural awareness and understanding.
- competency in language skill
- communication and presentation skills
- analytical skills
- ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources
- intercultural familiarity with the region developed through a study of literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion
BA Korean graduates 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.
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
The 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
- Interactive Designer
- Freelance Korean Translator
Find out more about Graduate destinations.
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.