SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

MA ... and Intensive Language (Japanese)

2 yr pathway: full time (2 years) or part time (4 years).

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

The two-year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese.

Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Japanese language over two years (including a period in Japan), making this programme unique in Europe.

Access to the Japanese language pathway is currently available for students with 

a) beginner, or

b) post-beginner level of proficiency.

As a point of reference for b), this would correspond to having completed Minna no Nihongo, Volumes 1 and 2 (or an equivalent text), knowledge of approximately 500 kanji, and tuition time of about 220 hours in total. The list of kanji is available here, and a sample test is available here.

Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).

Students bear the costs of travel to and from Japan, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.



May be combined with:


Once you have checked the structure for this programme via the structure tab, please click into the above discipline that you would like to study. You will then see the full list of optional courses available to you.


In the two-year language pathway, students take 60 credits of intensive language and 30 credits in their discipline, in the first year.  During the summer, they participate in a summer school abroad.  Upon their return, in the second year, they take 30 credits of an intensive language module and 60 credits of discipline modules.  They also choose a dissertation topic within their Major.

Students must pass all of the language modules in order to qualify for the degree with Intensive Japanese.

In the two-year language pathway, the intensive language modules will be assessed by a combination of exams and continuous assessment, involving in-class tests. The assessment of the summer school element is conducted upon return to SOAS.

Two years full-time:

Year of study Course title
Beginner entry Post-beginner entry


Intensive Elementary Japanese 1 (60 credits)

Intensive Japanese 1 (60 credits)
1 30 credits in discipline 30 credits in discipline
Summer of year 1 Intensive Japanese 2 (45 credits) Intensive Japanese 2 (45 credits)
2 Intermediate Japanese 2 (30 credits) Intensive Japanese 3 (30 credits)
2 60 credits in discipline 60 credits in discipline
2 Dissertation in discipline (60 credits) Dissertation in discipline (60 credits)


Four years part-time:

Year of study Course title
Beginner entry Post-beginner entry


Intensive Elementary Japanese (60 credits)

Intensive Japanese 1 (60 credits)
Summer of year 1 Intensive Japanese 2 (45 credits) Intensive Japanese 2 (45 credits)
2 30 credits in discipline subject 30 credits in discipline subject
2 Intermediate Japanese 2 (30 credits) Intensive Japanese 3 (30 credits)
3 30 credits in discipline subject A 30 credits in discipline subject A
3 30 credits in discipline subject B 30 credits in discipline subject B
4 30 credits in discipline subject 30 credits in discipline subject
4 Dissertation (60 credits) Dissertation (60 credits)


Please check the Programme Specification for further information. 

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Japanese 1 (MA) 15PJKC019 60 Full Year
Intensive Japanese 2 (MA) (Summer Programme in Japan) 15PJKC020 45 Full Year
Intensive Japanese 3 (MA) 15PJKC021 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Japanese 1 15PJKC028 60 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 30 Full Year


This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Learning outcomes will vary depending on the combination of courses chosen by individual students.  Learning outcomes for each course can be found under the information provided on the relevant list of postgraduate courses on the departmental page of the SOAS website.

  • Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of Japan’s past and present, within the parameters of the courses and disciplines chosen.
  • Students will acquire an advanced understanding of the theoretical and methodological tools of the relevant disciplines.
  • Students will improve their knowledge of and ability to use Japanese in their everyday life and professional career.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students will learn how to assess data and evidence critically from a variety of sources and how to resolve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations.
  • Students will learn to evaluate the strengths of particular disciplinary and theoretical approaches, cultivating their ability to draw on a variety of such approaches.
  • Students will learn how to design and manage an independent research project, formulating the problem to be addressed, identifying the data to be analyzed, and synthesizing the findings to present well-supported conclusions.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Students will learn how to read critically, to participate effectively in seminar discussions, and to present their work in both oral and written form.
  • More specific skills will depend on the particular courses taken.
  • Students will acquire/develop linguistic skills which will enable them to tackle written and spoken tasks in contexts relevant to them.
Transferable skills
  • Students will learn how to access and evaluate electronic and other data effectively and efficiently.
  • Students will learn how to solve complex problems, for example concerning economic development, historical causation, literary interpretation, or political decision-making.
  • Students will learn how to communicate effectively in a variety of settings and formats.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

£8,785 £18,075
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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


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