SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

MA Korean Studies

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

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This degree is designed either to prepare the student for advanced graduate work in a wide range of subjects related to Korea or as an end/qualification in itself.

The programme explores the history, politics, art, music and literature of Korea, as well as providing opportunities to study the languages of the region.

The MA in Korean Studies consists of four components. Students choose one major course and two minor courses from the lists on the Course Detail page.

Students who plan to go on to further research can take a higher-level Korean language course as a minor.

Students take three taught courses and must also complete a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic.

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students select 30 credits which will be their major, a further 60-90 credits from the list of majors/minors. 30 credits may be taken from  are from the approved open options list.

As the emphasis in the Regional Studies programmes is on interdisciplinary study, students are required to select their modules from a minimum of three different disciplines, and a maximum of 60 credits may be taken in any one discipline.

List A
Majors or Minors
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
Majors together/Minors individually

These modules can be considered as majors only if both modules are taken together. Separately they will be considered as minors.

a)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Readings in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKC016 30 Full Year
Translating Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH018 15 Term 2
b)
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
c)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 1
d)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
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
Majors together with Directed Readings modules/Minors individually

These modules can be considered as majors only if taken together with one of the Directed Reading modules in the Minors only list below. Separately they will be considered as minors.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
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
Minors only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
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
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 30 Full Year
Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Introduction to Mixed Script Korean (PG) 15PJKC014 30 Full Year
Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean (PG) 15PJKC018 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 30 Full Year

 

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

Disclaimer

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.

In the two year intensive language pathway:

  • Students will acquire/develop skills in Korean language to Effective Operational Proficiency level
  • Students will be able to demonstrate awareness of the conceptual and communicative underpinnings of Korean and through this interlinguistic and intercultural understanding.
  • Students will learn to communicate in written and spoken medium in contemporary Korean.
  • Students will be able to engage with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understand the role of different frames of reference.
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

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-time Part-time 2 Years Part-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

As a student specialising in Korean, you will gain 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, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of Korea.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include 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.

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

A Student's Perspective

London is amazing. It is a big city, there is always something going on, always something interesting to do. Also, you can move around easily and fast. It is a frenetic life, but it is just part of the fun. If you want you can also relax in a park. I particularly love parks as there are not many in my city. You can enjoy art, nature and everything else in the same city. I really think it is amazing!

Fiorella Cerbasio, Istituto Universitario Orientale Di Napoli

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