SOAS University of London

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

BA Korean and... (Combined Honours Degree)

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 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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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 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 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. Additionally, the nature of the Combined Honours Degree will allow you to create a specialist niche for yourself by studying another subject. All students will spend year two in South Korea at Korea University or Sogang University. 

What subjects can you combine it with?

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

Languages – Chinese Studies, Indonesian, Japanese Studies


  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia
  • 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
  • you will not only learn the essential language skills but also an in depth understanding of the region’s culture

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Key Information Set Data

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


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Key Information Set data

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Students take 120 credits per year. Throughout the 4-years students need to take a minimum of 240 credits in Korean modules, and 150 credits in their other subjects. 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 abroad in Korea, 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.

1st Year
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Korean 155900842 60 Full Year
Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Korea 155900809 30 Full 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 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
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 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
Composition in Korean 155900722 15 Term 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 15 Term 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 Credits Term Availability
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 1
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 15 Term 1
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 15 Term 1
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture 155900795 30 Full 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 Credits Term Availability
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
Compulsory Modules

The module below is compulsory.

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.

Further Information

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

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.

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 in Korean 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 and culture
  • 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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