SOAS University of London

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

MA Korean Studies (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MA Korean Studies 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. 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. 

See Japan and Korea Department

Why study Intensive Language Korean 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 intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications. 

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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

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

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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.

Structure

Students take a total of 180 credits, of which 60 credits are a dissertation, 15 credits are allocated to the core module and the remaining 105 credits are chosen from other taught modules. Students must choose a minimum of 45 credits of modules from List A (modules related to Korea) and a maximum of 60 credits from List B and/or List C (total of 30 credits), which includes language modules, modules related to other regions of East Asia and modules on Korea offered by other departments. For students opting to take language acquisition modules in more than one language, only one of these can be at an introductory level.

In the first term students will be asked to choose the module on which they will base their dissertation. The convenor of this module will usually be their dissertation supervisor. The module will usually be chosen from List A modules within the department, but after consultation with the programme convenor it may be possible to arrange for a supervisor from another department.

All modules are subject to availability.

Programme

Compulsory Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Korean Studies 15PJKC997 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 (Korea)

Choose modules to minimum value of 45 credits from List A.

Module Code Credits Term
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature and Film (PG) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1
The Making of Modern Korea 15PJKH032 15 Term 2
Culture and Society in Traditional Korea (PG) 15PJKH043 15 Term 2
Readings in Mixed Script Korean (PG) 15PJKH051 15 Term 2
Korean-English Translation (PG) 15PJKH057 15 Term 2
Korean Cinema (PG) 15PJKH059 15 Term 1
Contemporary Korean Society (PG) 15PJKH061 15 Term 1
List B: Guided Options (East Asia)

Choose modules to maximum value of 30 to 60 credits from List B.

Module Code Credits Term
East Asian Cinema (PG) 15PCHH051 15 Term 1
Myths, Legends and Folkways of East Asia (PG) 15PJKH052 15 Term 1
Gender in East Asian Literature (PG) 15PEAH014 15 Term 2
Fieldwork methods in language and culture (PG) 15PJKH045 15 Term 2
New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 15 Term 1
Literature, Politics and National Identity in Modern China (PG) 15PCHH042 15 Term 2
Murderers, Outlaws, and Magistrates in Traditional Chinese Literature (PG) 15PCHH046 15 Term 2
Chinese Cinema (PG) 15PCHH050 15 Term 1
Japanese-English Translation (PG) 15PJKH003 15 Term 2
Identity and social relations in Japanese (PG) 15PJKH022 15 Term 1
Modernity, Nation and Identity in Japanese History (1853-1945) (PG) 15PJKH027 15 Term 2
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1 (PG) 15PJKH028 15 Term 2
Writing from the Margins: Voices of change in Modern Japanese Literature (PG) 15PJKH031 15 Term 2
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 1
Japanese Cinema (PG) 15PJKH058 15 Term 2
Contemporary Japanese Society (PG) 15PJKH060 15 Term 1
Contemporary Chinese Society (PG) 15PCHH054 15 Term 1
Language
Module Code Credits Term
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
Korean 4 (PG) 15PJKC036 30 Full Year
K200: Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC035 30 Full Year
K400: Advanced Korean (PG) 15PJKH056 15 Term 1
Introduction to Hanja (PG) 15PJKH050 15 Term 1
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
J400: Advanced Japanese (PG) 15PJKH055 15 Term 1
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
Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Chinese 5 (PG) 15PCHC020 15 Term 1
Chinese for Business (PG) 15PCHH027 15 Term 2
Ch400: Advanced Chinese (PG) 15PCHH049 15 Term 1
List C: Guided Options

Choose modules to maximum value of 0 to 30 credits from List C or from the central options list.

Module Code Credits Term
Political Economies of Northeast Asia: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOH061 15 Term 2
Comparing Democracies in North East Asia 15PPOH050 15 Term 2
International Security Politics in East Asia 15PPOH059 15 Term 2
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 2
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
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

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.

Contact hours

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

Learning outcomes

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

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
UK
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Overseas
Students
UK
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UK
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£11,520 £22,500 £5,760 £11,250 £3,840 £7,500 £5,760 £11,250

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%.

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the postgraduate tuition fees page.

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

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Sochon Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

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

Employment

Employment

Graduates from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures develop competencies in intercultural awareness, analysis and communication. Demand for specialists with advanced proficiency in the languages of China, Japan and Korea has significantly increased in recent years, and graduates with these skills are highly sought after by employers.

Recent Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures graduates have been hired by organisations including:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea
  • European Commission
  • Google
  • ITN
  • Japanese Government
  • Korea Trade Centre (KOTRA)
  • KPMG
  • Mizuho Bank
  • Nagahama Board of Education
  • Nanjing Museum
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • PwC
  • Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Shelterbox
  • UNDP

Find out about our Careers Service.

A Student's Perspective

Not only does SOAS have a great reputation for its Japanese department and Japanese library collection, but I also believe that for language students, there’s no better city to live and study in than London

Rosamund Graham

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