MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


This two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) programme is designed to provide intensive language training at different proficiency levels - depending on entry-level - within a Masters programme in Japanese Studies.

It allows students:

  • to cultivate or further develop a basic expertise in particular aspects of Japanese Studies.
  • to choose modules that meet their own needs, with respect to their interest in Japan and future career plans.
  • to develop their abilities to synthesize information, to think critically, to manage a complex research project and to present their results in verbal and written form.
  • to achieve a high level of language proficiency.
  • to master transferable language and analytical skills in order to prepare for a variety of potential future professional or research careers.

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Japanese Studies:

  • Japanese
  • Korean

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

Please note that on all Area Studies degrees, including Japanese Studies:

  • a maximum of 60 credits can be taken in any one subject area
  • a minimum of three subject areas must be covered.

Year 1 (two years full time)

Discipline Component

  • Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies

Plus

  • Modules from the list below to the value of 45 credits.

Language Component

  • Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)

Discipline Component

  • Modules from the list below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

  • Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Japanese Studies

List of modules (subject to availability)

  • Anthropology and Sociology
    • Culture and Society of Japan
  • History of Art
    • Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period
    • Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts
  • Economics
    Adequate background in Economics is a prerequisite for this module. Please contact the convenor for details.
    Available as a major only
    • Economic Development of Japan
  • History
    • Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912
    • Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945
  • Language
    Available as a minor only
    • Chinese 1 A (PG)
    • Chinese 1 B (PG)
    • Chinese 2 (PG)
    • Chinese 3 (PG)
  • Linguistics
    • Identity and social relations in Japanese (PG)
    • Issues in Japanese language learning
  • Literature
    • Modern Japanese Literature (PG)
    • Japanese Traditional Drama (PG)
    • Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912
    • Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1 (PG)
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2 (PG)
    • Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868-1945 (PG)
    • Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present (PG)
    • Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television
    The modules below can be taken individually as a minor, however, should a student wish to take one of them as a major, both half modules have to be taken.
    • Gender and Society in Contemporary Japan (PG)
    • Nation and Identity in Contemporary Japan (PG)
  • Management
    The modules below can be taken individually as a minor, however, should a student wish to take one of them as a major, both half modules have to be taken.
    • Management in Japan I
    • Management in Japan II
  • Media
    • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli
    • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde
    • Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television
  • Music
    Available as a minor only
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters)
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters)
  • Politics
    • International politics of East Asia
    • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan
    • Japan Unravelled
  • Religions and Philosophies
    • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers
    Available as a minor only
    • East Asian Buddhist Thought

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one-year diploma before entering the master's programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated October 2019

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