SOAS University of London

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

MA Japanese Studies (Dual Degree Programme) (2019 entry)

with Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
2 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 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

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Description

Sophia University's Graduate Programme in Global Studies (GPGS) and the Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS University of London have launched a Dual Degree Program (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 Dual MA is based at Sophia University, as 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.

For students considering enrolment through SOAS

Applications are made to the one-year MA Japanese Studies programme 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 apply in the first instance 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:

SOAS: https://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

Sophia: http://gpgs.fla.sophia.ac.jp/

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

- For SOAS students applying for entrance into Sophia, 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

- The deadline for Sophia students applying to SOAS 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.

Note

For UK students applying for student loans: This MA programme is not normally fully covered by UK postgraduate loans. Please check with the organisation granting your loan before applying.

Students entering the 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.

Further information about the DDP at Sophia.
Further information about Japanese Studies at SOAS.

Convenors

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.

Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Art
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Ceramics Past and Present 15PARH047 0.5 unit
Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 15 Term 1
Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 15 Term 2
Art And Religious Experience In Premodern Japan 15PARH009 0.5 unit
Economics
Available as a major only
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
Language
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
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 5 (PG) 15PJKC012 30 Full Year
Practical Translation: Japanese into English 15PJKH003 15 Term 2
Linguistics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Identity and social relations in Japanese (PG) 15PJKH022 15 Term 1
Issues in Japanese language learning 15PJKH023 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Literature and Culture
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 15 Term 1
Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 15 Term 2
Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945 15PJKH027 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912 15PJKH026 15 Term 1
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1 (PG) 15PJKH028 15 Term 2
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2 (PG) 15PJKH029 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868-1945 (PG) 15PJKH030 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present (PG) 15PJKH031 15 Term 2
Management
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Management in Japan I 15PFMC018 15 Term 1
Management in Japan II 15PFMC077 15 Term 2
Media
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 2
Music
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Religion
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for applicants

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

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 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 about the additional cost for the second half of the MA.

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

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 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
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