SOAS University of London

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

MA Korean Studies and Intensive Language (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MA Korean Studies and Intensive Language is a two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) programme. It is designed to provide Intensive Language training at different proficiency levels - depending on entry level - within a Masters programme in Korean Studies.

The MA Korean Studies and Intensive Language allows students to:

  • cultivate or further develop a basic expertise in particular aspects of Korean Studies.
  • choose modules that meet their own needs, with respect to their interest in Korea and future career plans.
  • develop their abilities to synthesize information, to think critically, to manage a complex research project and to present their results in verbal and written form.
  • achieve a high level of language proficiency.
  • master transferable language and analytical skills in order to prepare for a variety of potential future professional or research careers.

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Why study Korean and Intensive Language 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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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

Combinations

May be combined with:

MA Korean Studies can be combined with the following Intensive Language pathways:

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 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 note that on all Area Studies degrees, including Korean Studies:

  • a maximum of 60 credits can be taken in any one subject area
  • a minimum of three subject areas must be covered.

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

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures has more information on the Intensive Language part of the programme.

Programme

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term
Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies 15PJKH025 15 Term 1
Plus

Modules from the list below to the value of 45 credits.

Language Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Modules from the list below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Korean Studies 15PJKC997 60 Full Year
List of modules (subject to availability)
Majors

Students must take 30 credits from the same discipline for this to be considered a major.

History
Module Code Credits Term
The Making of Modern Korea 15PJKH032 15 Term 2
Literature
Module Code Credits Term
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature and Film (PG) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1
Politics
Module Code Credits Term
Comparing Democracies in North East Asia 15PPOH050 15 Term 2
Political Economies of Northeast Asia: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOH061 15 Term 2
International Politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Credits
Art
Module Code Credits Term
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 2
Music
Module Code Credits Term
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Minors ONLY
Module Code Credits Term
Language
Module Code Credits Term
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Media

 

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

The MA Korean Studies and Intensive Lnaguage programme allows students to develop in 4 key areas:

Knowlegde

  • Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of Korea’s past and present, within the parameters of the modules and disciplines chosen, and on her connections to the wider East Asian region through the core module.
  • Students will acquire an advanced understanding of the theoretical and methodological tools of the relevant disciplines.
  • Students who choose to take language will improve their knowledge of and ability to use Korean in their everyday life and, depending on the level achieved, 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 the strengths and disciplines 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 modules taken.

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.

Through their language study, students will:

  • acquire/develop skills in both written and spoken language.
  • develop a practical knowledge of rules governing both oral and written linguistic usages and multiple norms regulating intercultural communication, analytical skills (problem solving, formal operations), critical skills and creativity.
  • develop the ability to engage with people or texts from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understanding the role of different linguistic or cultural frames of reference.

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 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

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

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