MSc International Management (Japan)

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc International Management (Japan)

SOAS University of London

MSc International Management (Japan)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two calendar years (part-time)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours

Start of programme: September intake only

This programme focuses on management and its environment in Japan and includes high-level courses in international management and finance disciplines. It draws upon Japan experts and management specialists within the University and from positions within London-based commerce, finance and government. The core modules enable you to study the principles and applications of international management and the interplay between global and local factors influencing management in Japan. You can use the elective modules to focus on either management skills that can be applied worldwide or specialise in understanding the Japanese business environment. For those who choose to, our programme also offers unique opportunities to improve existing skills in Japanese. No knowledge of Japanese is required to complete the MSc programme successfully since English language materials are available. Those students who already have Japanese language skills will have every opportunity to use them in studying data and source materials.


Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

The MSc International Management for Japan has three components, each valued at 60 credits:

  1. Four core modules
  2. Four option modules
  3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

Options are divided into the Japanese Managerial Environment and General Management courses. Students are encouraged to take a mixture of both in order to build an understanding of the local business and cultural environment.

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 33% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.

Not all option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that where 15 credit modules are selected, these should be balanced between term 1 and term 2

Part-time Study

Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years.

Part-time students over two years usually complete their core modules in the 1st year and their options in the 2nd year with their dissertation. Those studying over 3 years will usually complete their core modules in year 1, option modules in year 2 and their dissertation in year 3.

Core Modules

  • International management 15PFMC072 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Management in Japan I 15PFMC018 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Management in Japan II 15PFMC077 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Research methods in management 15PFMC062 (15 credits) Term 2

Elective Modules

  • Corporate finance 15PFMC070 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Corporate governance 15PFMC069 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Cross-cultural management 15PFMC076 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Business Strategy 15PFMC082 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Marketing 15PFMC080 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International human resource management 15PFMC078 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Risk management 15PFMC071 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Japanese financial system 15PFMC073 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Advanced Japanese for business and management 15PFMC064 (15 credits) Term 2
  • 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
  • Higher Advanced Japanese (Masters) 15PEAC021 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Banking and capital markets 15PFMC056 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Regulation of international capital markets 15PFMC061 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Islamic banking and finance 15PFMC074 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Topics in the Chinese economy 15PFMC075 (15 credits) Term 1
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
11,855 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £11,855; Full-time Overseas Fees: £19,845 per academic year
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019