SOAS University of London

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

MA Japanese Studies (Dual Degree Programme) (2021 entry)

with Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

Sophia University's Graduate Program in Global Studies (GPGS) and the Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS University of London have launched a Dual Degree Programme (DDP) which allows students to benefit from the combined resources of two of the world's leading institutions in Japanese Studies, located in two major global cities – Tokyo and London. Students making use of this possibility widen their intellectual horizons by taking classes at two of the world’s leading institutions in Japanese Studies. Supervision of student theses or graduation projects by prominent scholars at both institutions encourages multiple perspectives on Japanese Studies.

The MA Japanese Studies dual degree is based at Sophia University – Japanese Master’s programmes are typically two years long, and SOAS contributes to it by offering its MA in Japanese Studies as an option for students originally enrolled at Sophia University. For SOAS students there is the opportunity to continue studying in Japan for a further year after first completing the MA in Japanese Studies at SOAS. Students proceeding to Sophia University can add any one degree within the GPGS at Sophia University, while students coming from Sophia must choose the MA Japanese Studies from SOAS.

Students will study one year at GPGS and one year at SOAS. Only upon successful completion of both the MA Japanese Studies at SOAS and the corresponding one-year element at Sophia will students receive two MA degrees, one from each institution.

Enrolment through SOAS

Applications to the one-year MA Japanese Studies programme are made at SOAS. The continuation at Sophia is an optional add-on that has no impact on how the MA Japanese Studies is taught at SOAS and its normal rules and regulations apply. For students considering enrolment through SOAS, this is an opportunity to add one year of study at Sophia University, after they have completed the taught elements of their MA in Japanese Studies with SOAS. However, students should indicate interest in the possibility to continue to Sophia University upon the point of application. Only upon being accepted by Sophia University in a separate application procedure (please see below), can the students proceed to Japan. The fees for the MAs are to be paid separately to each institution.

Application procedure

Prospective students should begin to apply for the MA programme at the institution where they intend to commence their studies. Applicants for the MA must fulfil the criteria for acceptance adopted by both institutions:

After having been accepted by one of the two institutions, applicants must then make a formal application to the partner institution, indicating that they wish to be considered for the Dual Degree Programme.

Application deadlines

Please note that different deadlines apply for both institutions:

For SOAS students applying for entrance into Sophia University, the deadline will be in April (the application period is normally from 1-27 April). Students are permitted to apply during the spring break and before having completed the dissertation, but in order to qualify for the degree, the requirements for the completion of the MA Japanese Studies still need to be fulfilled by the appropriate SOAS deadlines

For Sophia students applying to SOAS the deadline is 30 June, though the earlier the application is made, the easier it will be to facilitate acceptance and arranging a visa, accommodation, etc.

Once students have met the requirements and been accepted onto the second half of the programme, the receiving institution will liaise with the student concerning visa issues, accommodation etc.

Students entering the Graduate Program in Global Studies (GPGS) at Sophia University in April typically apply for admission to SOAS during their 1st semester, spend their 2nd and 3rd semesters at SOAS, and return to Sophia in their 4th semester to complete their GPGS requirements.

Students entering the GPGS at Sophia University in September typically apply for admission to SOAS in their 2nd semester, spend their 3rd and 4th semesters at SOAS, and return to Sophia in their 5th semester to complete the GPGS requirements.

Students entering SOAS can only do so in September.

UK students applying for student loans

This MA Japanese Studies dual degree programme is not normally fully covered by UK postgraduate loans. Please check with the organisation granting your loan before applying.

See Japan and Korea Department

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:
2 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

Structure

Structure

Students must fulfil all the requirements for the MA Japanese Studies at SOAS. They can choose a module as ‘major’ – which means that they are expected to write their dissertation within this field. Please note that only modules which are not labelled as ‘minor only’ can be taken as a major and that certain pre-requisites may apply. A choice of major is also at the discretion of the module convenor.

Compulsory Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Japanese Studies 15PJKC990 60 Full Year
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term
Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies 15PJKH025 15 Term 1
List A: Guided Options

Students must take a minimum of 45 credits from the list below.

Module Code Credits Term
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Art
Module Code Credits Term
Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 15 Term 1
Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 15 Term 2
Economics
Available as a major only
Module Code Credits Term
History
Module Code Credits Term
Modernity, Nation and Identity in Japanese History (1853-1945) (PG) 15PJKH027 15 Term 2
Language
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term
Japanese 1 A (PG) 15PJKH035 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B (PG) 15PJKH036 15 Term 2
Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Japanese 3 (PG) 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Japanese 4 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Japanese-English Translation (PG) 15PJKH003 15 Term 2
Korean 1 A (PG) 15PJKH037 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B (PG) 15PJKH038 15 Term 2
Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 30 Full Year
Korean 3 (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Language and Culture Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Fieldwork methods in language and culture (PG) 15PJKH045 15 Term 2
List C: Guided Options

Students can take a maximum of 30 credits from the list below or from the central options list.

List B: East Asia modules

Students may take a maximum of 60 credits from the list below.

Module Code Credits Term
Modernity, Nation and Identity in Japanese History (1853-1945) (PG) 15PJKH027 15 Term 2
Writing from the Margins: Voices of change in Modern Japanese Literature (PG) 15PJKH031 15 Term 2

The modules below can be taken individually as a minor, however, should a student wish to take one of them as a major, both half modules have to be taken.

Module Code Credits Term
Management
Module Code Credits Term
Management in Japan 1: Economic Development and Business Environment in Japan 15PFMC018 15
Management In Japan 2: Current Issues in Japanese Business and Management 15PFMC077 15
Media
Module Code Credits Term
Music
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Politics
Module Code Credits Term
International Politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Credits
Northeast Asian Politics and Society: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Credits
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 15 Credits
Religion
Module Code Credits Term
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2

 

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

Contact hours

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.

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Students entering the MA via SOAS will have to pay the appropriate band of fees for the MA Japanese Studies at SOAS and have to check with Sophia University about the additional cost for the second half of the MA.

Students entering the MA via Sophia University will have to pay the appropriate band of fees for the MA Japanese Studies to cover their year of tuition at SOAS.

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

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
£11,520 £22,500 £5,760 £11,250 £3,840 £7,500

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees, please see postgraduate tuition fees

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

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

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

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