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

MA... and Intensive Language (Korean) (2022 entry)

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MA Intensive Korean

Overview and entry requirements

The MA (discipline) and Intensive Language (Korean) suits students wishing to embark on research degrees with a focus on Korea. Also, professionals wishing to pursue careers directly related to Korea, including government departments (of both the UK and other countries), and in firms requiring particular skills and knowledge related to trading, investment and promotional interests outside Europe.

The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with Korea in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course would enable them to reach a high level of Korean language proficiency.

This two-year programme (or four years part-time) will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive Korean language study in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. The programme will enable students to engage with the subjects of their Masters’ programme in the context of Korea through Korean, to engage with primary Korean sources and data and to conduct research and professional work in Korea. 

See Japan and Korea Department

Why study Intensive Korean Language and a discipline at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in the UK
  • Ranked 8th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021 for South Asian Studies
  • SOAS is specialist in the studies of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia
  • access SOAS’s comprehensive cross-regional expertise and gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of these regions in an increasingly globalised world.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
Full-time (2 years) or Part-time (4 years)

Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
£11,520
Overseas fees:
£22,500

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. This is a Band 3 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's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

Anthropology

History

History of Art

Japan and Korea

Linguistics

Structure

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad.

In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

Please see 'Programme specification' below to download the PDF pathways specifications of the four-year part-time version of the programme.

For information on the discipline parts of the programme see Postgraduate programmes by subject

Programme

Two Years Beginner
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term
Intensive Elementary Korean 15PJKC025 60 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term
Intensive Summer Korean Abroad 15PJKC026 45 Term 2
Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Or
Module Code Credits Term
Korean Readings (PG) 15PJKC018 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Intermediate (Not running 2021/22)
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term
Korean 3 (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term
Intensive Summer Korean Abroad 15PJKC026 45 Term 2
Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term
Intensive Korean Speaking and Writing (PG) 15PJKC027 30 Full Year
Or
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Higher Intermediate (Not running 2021/22)
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term
Korean Readings (PG) 15PJKC018 30 Full Year
Intensive Korean Speaking and Writing (PG) 15PJKC027 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term
Intensive Summer Korean Abroad 15PJKC026 45 Term 2
Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Or
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

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 and Learning

Teaching & Learning

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge
  • To acquire/develop skills in Korean language to Effective Operational Proficiency level (ie, CEFR B1/B2/C1).
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • To demonstrate awareness of the conceptual and communicative underpinnings of Korean and through this interlinguistic and intercultural understanding.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Communicate in written and spoken medium in contemporary Korean.
Transferable skills
  • Engage with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understand the role of different frames of reference.

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

Fees for 2021/22 entrants, per academic year (Band 3 tuition fee)

Full-time
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
£11,520 £22,500

Please note that fees go up each year. Two-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 above is for the first year only).

For full details of undergraduate tuition fees, see our Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-02-15 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

Sochon Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

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

Employment

Employment

Graduates from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures develop competencies in intercultural awareness, analysis and communication. Demand for specialists with advanced proficiency in the languages of China, Japan and Korea has significantly increased in recent years, and graduates with these skills are highly sought after by employers.

Recent Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures graduates have been hired by organisations including:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea
  • European Commission
  • Google
  • ITN
  • Japanese Government
  • Korea Trade Centre (KOTRA)
  • KPMG
  • Mizuho Bank
  • Nagahama Board of Education
  • Nanjing Museum
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • PwC
  • Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Shelterbox
  • UNDP

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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. 

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