MA Japanese Studies (Dual Degree Programme)

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Duration: 2 years

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time.

Sophia University's Graduate Programme in Global Studies (GPGS) and the Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS University of London have launched a Dual Degree Program (DDP) which allows students to benefit from the combined resources of two of the world's leading institutions in Japanese Studies, located in two major global cities – Tokyo and London. Students making use of this possibility widen their intellectual horizons by taking classes at two of the world’s leading institutions in Japanese Studies. Supervision of student theses or graduation projects by prominent scholars at both institutions encourages multiple perspectives on Japanese Studies.

The Dual MA is based at Sophia University, as Japanese Master’s programmes are typically two years long, and SOAS contributes to it by offering its MA in Japanese Studies as an option for students originally enrolled at Sophia University. For SOAS students there is the opportunity to continue studying in Japan for a further year after first completing the MA in Japanese Studies at SOAS. Students proceeding to Sophia University can add any one degree within the GPGS at Sophia University, while students coming from Sophia must choose the MA Japanese Studies from SOAS.

Students will study one year at GPGS and one year at SOAS.Only upon successful completion of both the MA Japanese Studies at SOAS and the corresponding one-year element at Sophia will students receive two MA degrees, one from each institution.


Students must fulfil all the requirements for the MA Japanese Studies at SOAS. They can choose a module as ‘major’ – which means that they are expected to write their dissertation within this field. Please note that only modules which are not labelled as ‘minor only’ can be taken as a major and that certain pre-requisites may apply. A choice of major is also at the discretion of the module convenor.

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 (15 credits) Term 1


  • Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 (15 credits) Term 2


Available as a major only.


  • Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 (15 credits) Term 2


Available as a minor only.

  • Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 (30credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Japanese: Readings in Modern Japanese History 15PEAC004 (30credits) Full Year
  • Higher Advanced Japanese (Masters) 15PEAC021 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Practical Translation: Japanese into English 15PJKH003 (15 credits) Term 2


  • Syntactic Structure of Japanese 1 15PEAH006 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Syntactic Structure of Japanese 2 15PEAH007 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018


  • Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PJKC005 (30credits) Full Year
  • Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 15PJKC003 (30credits) Full Year


  • Management in Japan I 15PFMC018 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Management in Japan II 15PFMC077 (15 credits) Term 2


  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018


Available as a minor only.

  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018


  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 (30credits) Full Year
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30credits) Full Year
  • Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 - Not Running 2017/18


  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Available as a minor only.

  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Readings in Japanese religion 15PSRH041 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
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Last updated January 22, 2019
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