SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

BA Korean and ...

4 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

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:
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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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 combined honours degree in Korean aims to provide the student with the highest level of competence in all aspects of the written and spoken language and a high level of competence in their second subject.  Korean can be combined with a range of disciplines.

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

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

Please note that the BA Korean and ... will undergo a structural reform for 2018/19. The number of compulsory modules in year 1 will be cut back to 2, allowing for better balance with the second subject.


Key Information Set Data

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


May be combined with:

** Taught at King’s College London

Key Information Set data

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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.

Students need to take a minimum of 240 credits in Korean modules, and 150 credits in their other subjects.

Please note that the BA Korean and ... will undergo a structural reform for 2018/19. The number of compulsory modules in year 1 will be cut back to 2, allowing for better balance with the second subject.

(For information on the Korean degree structure for BA Chinese & Korean or BA Japanese & Korean, please see attached document).

Students must take a total of 120 credits each year.

1st Year
Core Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Elementary Korean 155900842 2 UnitsFull Year
Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Korea 155900809 1 UnitFull Year
Other Module

Choose 30 credits from the syllabus of the second subject.

2nd Year- Year Abroad

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

3rd Year
Compulsory Language Modules

Choose at least 30 credits of Korean Language modules from the list below.

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
Other Subject

The remaining credits are taken from the other subject as required. Students may also choose to take Korean modules from the list of Korean Options (Years 3 and 4) below or up to 30 credits of an open option, as long as this fits with the requirements for the other half or their degree.

4th Year
Compulsory Language Module

Choose 30 credits of Korean language modules from the following list.

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
Composition in Korean 155900722 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Other Subject

The remaining credits are taken from the other subject as required. Students may also choose to take Korean modules from the list of Korean Options (Years 3 and 4) below or up to 30 credits of an open option, as long as this fits with the requirements for the other half or their degree.

Korean Module Options (Year 3 and 4)

In addition to the Korean language module listed above, students may also take the following modules as long it fits with the requirements for the other half of their degree.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
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
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 1 UnitFull Year
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 1 UnitFull Year
Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture 155900795 1 UnitFull Year
Modules taught in other Departments, which count as Korean credits

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
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
Compulsory Modules

The module below is compulsory.

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

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 sh/eu/gbr/visa/issuance/index. jsp. 

Teaching & Learning

Department Teaching Quality Assessment Score: 23/24
Research Assessment Exercise Score: 5

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
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

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


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.

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 the region, or to make comparative study with other areas. The study of Korean may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant  departmental page.

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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