SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway)

duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

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

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Degree Profile

The MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway) aims to:

  • provide extensive, critical knowledge of pre-modern and modern Korean literary traditions;
  • develop advanced competency in reading and understanding literary works in Korean, and literary translation skills into English;
  • develop advanced skills in research, analysis, and critical method in the study of Korean literature, with consideration to socio-historical context and comparative approaches;
  • serve as a foundation for students who wish to pursue further research or work in the fields of literary translation, writing and publishing.

The programme suits anyone interested in the literary cultures of Korea, as well as students of literature with no prior knowledge of Korean literature who are looking for new areas of inquiry.

Incoming students will be expected to have completed at least the equivalent of two years of undergraduate Korean language study.

The programme will benefit anyone wishing to pursue a research degree (MPhil/PhD) afterwards. It also provides a solid basis for anyone wishing to pursue a career in literary translation or publishing.

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Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. For students on a literature pathway, the dissertation must be on a subject in Korean Literature.

All modules are subject to availability.

Compulsory Modules

Students must take the following modules.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (Masters) 15PJKH005 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in 20th Century Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1
Readings in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKC016 30 Full Year
Translating Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH018 15 Term 2
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea 15PJKC999 60 Full Year
Optional Modules

Student must select 30 credits from the list below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Topics in Modern Korean History 15PEAC059 30 Full Year
Topics in the History of Traditional Korea 15PEAC053 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Topics in the History and Structure of the Korean Language 15PEAC060 30 Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 1
Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millenium 15PJKH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
North Korea since 1945: the rise and decline of an East Asian developmental state 15PJKH012 15 Term 2
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Korean Advanced (Masters) 15PEAC018 30 Full Year
Practical Translation from and into Korean 15PJKC002 30 Full Year
Korean Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy 15PLIH037 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed readings in Korean Studies A 15PJKH010 15 Term 1
Directed readings in Korean Studies B 15PJKH011 15 Term 1
Korean Language Learning and Teaching 15PJKC030 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

 

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

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of Korea’s past and present, within the parameters of the modules chosen.
  • 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.
Transferrable 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. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
CKS (Centre of Korean Studies) Bursaries

Application Deadline: 2017-05-03 17:00

Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sochon Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-05-03 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway) from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous aesthetics of the region and contemporary literary theories. Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  A postgraduate degree in Korean Literature is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

SOAS is a unique institution not only through its degrees, but also through the diversity of people that you meet here. My department is more like a family, the teachers are warm and caring, and they know how to maintain our curiosity for learning new things.

Ana Luiza Olanescu

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