SOAS University of London

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

MA Korean Studies (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 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

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

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.

Convenors

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 15 credit compulsory module.  You must take a further 105 credits from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students select 30 credits which will be their major, a further 60-75 credits from the list of majors/minors. 30 credits may be taken 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.

Compulsory Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Korea Studies 15PJKC997 60 Full Year
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies 15PJKH025 15 Term 2
Taught Component Options

Students choose modules to the value of 105 credits from the options below.

Majors

Of the 105 credits, students must select 30 credits from the same discipline as a major. Credits less than 30 credits will be consider minor only.

History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Two Koreas since 1953 (PG) 15PJKH033 15 Term 2
The Making of Modern Korea, 1864-1953 15PJKH032 15 Term 1
Literature
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Readings in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH021 15 Term 1
Translating Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH018 15 Term 2
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (Masters) 15PJKH005 15 Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 15 Term 2
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
Art
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 1
Music
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
Minors
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Directed readings in Korean Studies A 15PJKH010 15 Term 1
Directed readings in Korean Studies B 15PJKH011 15 Term 1
Advanced Korean Readings (PG) 15PEAC018 30 Full Year
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Practical Translation: English into Korean 15PJKC002 15 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Language
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Korean 1 A (PG) 15PJKH037 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B (PG) 15PJKH038 15 Term 2
Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 30 Full Year
Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Introduction to Mixed Script Korean (PG) 15PJKC014 30 Full Year
Korean Readings (PG) 15PJKC018 30 Full Year
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Japanese 1 A (PG) 15PJKH035 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B (PG) 15PJKH036 15 Term 2
Media
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cinema, Nation and Transcultural Asia 15PJKC023 30 Full Year

 

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

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

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 2019/20 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 Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
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Overseas
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£9,685 £19,930 £4,843 £9,965 £3,228 £6,643 £4,843 £9,965
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Sochon Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-04-01 16:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00

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

I really enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of SOAS and the chance to learn just as much from my fellow students as from my lecturers. I also really enjoyed how open and helpful the lecturers were, and was grateful to learn that they honestly cared about my progress in their course. I always felt supported during my time at SOAS.

Katarina Starcevic, Georgetown University

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