MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language

Duration: Two years (full-time). Four years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects. The Japanese pathway offers beginner and intermediate entry levels. For further information please see the webpage for the [MA....and Intensive Language Japanese] in the pages of the Japan and Korea department. The Korean pathway is designed for beginner learners of Korean.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time


This two-year programme combines the strengths of the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with intensive language training in Japanese or Korean. Students study the arts of China, Korea and Japan, exploring a wide range of East Asian arts, from Chinese archaeology to Japanese prints, Korean installation works to Buddhist monuments, in historical and contemporary periods. Instruction in the language of their choice is provided by teachers in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures. By the end of the programme, which includes a summer language school abroad, students have received sufficient instruction to reach near-proficiency in the language.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of East Asia, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff. As members of the School of Arts, they profit from the insights of scholars and students working in other related fields, such as East Asian Music, Film and Media, as well as the expertise of specialist language teachers.

A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing and arts administration. The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. Our Master's programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Students must complete 255 credits of taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).


Year 1:

  • Students take intensive language modules in Japanese or in Korean to the value of 60 credits.
  • Students take 60 credits of East Asian History of Art and Archaeology modules available from the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia
  • During the summer, they participate in a summer school abroad (45 credits).

Year 2:

  • In their second year, students take 30 credits of intensive language module/s in Japanese or in Korean.
  • Students take 15 credits of East Asian History of Art and Archaeology modules.
  • In addition, up to 45 credits may be selected from the other MA modules in the department or from MA options offered by other SOAS departments.
  • The dissertation (60 credits) is written on East Asian History of Art and Archaeology and submitted in September of year 2.
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Last updated January 22, 2019
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9,225 GBP
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