MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway)

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

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

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway) aims to:

  • provide extensive, critical knowledge of pre-modern and modern Korean literary traditions;
  • develop advanced competency in reading and understanding literary works in Korean, and literary translation skills into English;
  • develop advanced skills in research, analysis, and critical method in the study of Korean literature, with consideration to socio-historical context and comparative approaches;
  • serve as a foundation for students who wish to pursue further research or work in the fields of literary translation, writing and publishing.

The programme suits anyone interested in the literary cultures of Korea, as well as students of literature with no prior knowledge of Korean literature who are looking for new areas of inquiry.

Incoming students will be expected to have completed at least the equivalent of two years of undergraduate Korean language study.

The programme will benefit anyone wishing to pursue a research degree (MPhil/PhD) afterwards. It also provides a solid basis for anyone wishing to pursue a career in literary translation or publishing.


Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. For students on a literature pathway, the dissertation must be on a subject in Korean Literature.

All modules are subject to availability.

Compulsory Modules

Students must take the following modules.

  • Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (Masters) 15PJKH005 (15credits) Term 2
  • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Readings in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH021 (15credits) Term 2
  • Translating Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH018 (15credits) Term 1
  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea 15PJKC999 (60 credits) Full Year

Optional Modules

The student must select 30 credits from the list below.

  • The Making of Modern Korea 15PEAC059 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Topics in the History of Traditional Korea 15PEAC053 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Topics in the History and Structure of the Korean Language 15PEAC060 (30 credits) Full Year
  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15credits) Term 1
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 (15credits) Term 1
  • Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millennium 15PJKH009 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • North Korea since 1945: the rise and decline of an East Asian developmental state 15PJKH012 (15credits) Term 2
  • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 (15credits) Term 2
  • Korean Advanced (Masters) 15PEAC018 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Practical Translation: English into Korean 15PJKC002 (15credits) Full Year
  • Korean Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy 15PLIH037 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Directed readings in Korean Studies A 15PJKH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • Directed readings in Korean Studies B 15PJKH011 (15credits) Term 1
  • Korean Language Learning and Teaching 15PJKC030 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
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