Please note that this BA programme will undergo a structural reform for 2019/20. Although the overall scope and learning outcomes will remain mostly unchanged, there may be minor changes to the core module and the selection of guided options. These changes are designed to improve the student experience and engagement with the subject matter, based on feedback from current and previous students.
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
Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.
Find out more about how to apply.
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
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 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
- 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
Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.
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.
This module must be passed in order to progress to the following year of study
Students take 60 credits from the syllabus of the second subject
Students take 60 credits from the syllabus of the second subject
Year 2 (Year Abroad)
For more information on the year abroad in Korea, please see the Teaching & Learning tab.
Compulsory Language Module
Choose a module(s) from List A at Level K300 below to the value of 30 credits
Choose a module(s) from List A (at Level K300) or List B below to the value of 30 credits
Compulsory Language Module
Year 4 - List A Guided option modules
List of Modules (subject to availability)
List A (Year 3 Language Modules)
List A (Year 4 Language Modules)
List B (Non-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
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.
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).
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 (LYA)
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 LYA.
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
- Interactive Designer
- Freelance Korean Translator
A Student's Perspective
Ana Luiza Olanescu
SOAS is a unique institution not only through its degrees, but also through the diversity of people that you meet here. My department is more like a family, the teachers are warm and caring, and they know how to maintain our curiosity for learning new things.