SOAS University of London

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

BA Korean Studies (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
3 Years

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£17,750


Fees for 2019/20 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

Entry requirements

  • No prior knowledge of the language or the region is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at GCSE, A level, or equivalent, is desirable but not essential.
  • 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)

View alternative entry requirements

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
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Employment
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Overview

Programme Code: T411

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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.

We are unique in the breadth and depth of our regional specialisation and are home to the largest concentration of Korean specialists in Europe. The BA Korean Studies single-subject degree does not include a period of study abroad. The degree aims to serve both students with minimal Korean language expertise and also students who already have more advanced Korean language skills. Students have the opportunity to study Korean culture in depth, along with the study of Korean language.

Our rich and diversified expertise allows you to gain focused knowledge in the regions of your interest, both in their classical traditions as well as their contemporary developments, together with more or less intensive study of their languages.

Why study Korean Studies at SOAS?

  • we are home to the largest concentration of Korean specialists in Europe
  • you will receive an appropriate level of training in Korean language. We are specialists in the delivery of languages, your command of which 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 covering subjects from literature, history, cinema, and politics
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments

Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

Find out more on our Japan and Korea department page.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data

Structure

Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

This is a three-year degree and requires less intensive study of the Korean language than the BA Korean degree. A smaller number of language classes can be taken at various levels of proficiency from pure beginner to very advanced.

The degree provides wide-ranging coverage of disciplines taught by specialists in the Korean section including: pre-modern and modern literature, theoretical and applied linguistics, history, religion, media studies and popular culture.

In the final year, single–subject students write an Independent Study Project based on in-depth study in one of many possible fields using Korean language sources.

The BA Korean Studies degree is available as a single subject and joint subject degree.

Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Korea 1: History 155901428 15 Term 1
Modern Korea 2: Culture and Society 155901429 15 Term 2
Compulsory Module

Choose a Korean Language module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from List B at Level 4 below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Options

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits

OR
Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits at Level 5

Year 2
Compulsory Module

Choose a module(s) from List A at Level 5 below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from List B at Level 5 below to the value of 60 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits

OR
Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits at Level 5

Year 3
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture 155900795 30 Full Year
AND

Choose a module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits

OR

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Options

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits

OR
Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits at Level 5

List of Modules (subject to availability)
List A (Language Modules)
Level 5
Module Code Credits Term Availability
K100: Elementary Korean 155900842 60 Full Year
Korean 1 A 155906028 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B 155906029 15 Term 2
Korean 2 155901404 30 Full Year
K200: Intermediate Korean 155900843 30 Full Year
Level 6
Module Code Credits Term Availability
K301: Introduction to Mixed Script Korean 155900844 30 Full Year
K302: Korean Readings 155901392 30 Full Year
K303: Korean Composition 155900722 15 Term 1
K304: Korean Conversation 155900915 15 Term 2
K401: Advanced Korean Readings 155900968 30 Full Year
K402: Advanced Korean Composition 155900725 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
K403: Korean-English Translation 155901414 15 Term 2
Readings in Korean Literature 155901415 15 Term 1
Readings in Modern Korean Society 155901430 15 Term 2
List B (Non-language based disciplinary modules)
Level 4
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ch 103: History and Culture of China 155901001 30 Full Year
Japanese Cultural History to 1600: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901199 15 Term 1
Japanese Cultural History 1600 to 1945: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901200 15 Term 2
Cultural History of Tibet 155903018 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Imagining Tibet 155903019 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia 154800229 30 Full Year
R110 Introduction to Buddhism 158000110 15 Term 1
R170 Introduction to the Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 15 Term 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 15 Term 1
Management in Japan and Korea: Domestic and International Developments 151030023 30 Full Year
Level 5
Module Code Credits Term Availability
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 15 Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 2
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 15 Term 1
Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi 155901416 15 Term 1
Music and Japanese Identities 155901420 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Fieldwork methods in language and culture 155901417 15 Term 2
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 15 Term 2
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 30 Full Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Level 6
Module Code Credits Term Availability
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
History and Memory in East Asian Cultures 155903015 15 Term 2
Identity and social relations in Japanese 155901418 15 Term 1
Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey 155904000 15 Term 1
Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest 155904001 15 Term 2
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 155903002 15 Term 2
Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches 155903001 15 Term 1
Contemporary Issues in the Japanese and Korean Economies 151030020 15 Term 1
Finance in Japan and Korea 151030021 15 Term 2

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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.

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 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2019/20 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 £17,750
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,875
Scholarships
Undergraduate SOAS Global Leadership Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

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

Employment

Studying this programme will provide students with competency in language skills as well as intercultural awareness and understanding.

Skills gained include:

  • you will receive an appropriate level of training in Korean language
  • understanding of the region’s culture covering subjects from literature, history, cinema or politics
  • 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 Tokyo
  • Deloitte Management Consulting Ltd.
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International
  • NHK-Japan 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
  • HM Ambassador to Japan
  • Freelance Japanese Translator

A Student's Perspective

My advice would be: go for it! Especially if you are thinking about studying at SOAS because it is a great experience, not only for your CV but for yourself as well because [the] SOAS environment is really as great as the leaflets or the website tell you.

Sara Iannone, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”

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