MA/Certificate/Diploma Contemporary Japan

School of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our courses focus on language, political economy, society and business in China, Japan and Korea. With its growing economic power and influence, studying East Asia at masters level will help prepare you for an international career.

I decided to study for my masters degree in the UK and my tutor recommended the East Asian Studies department at the University of Sheffield. After reading about the University and the courses I realised the course was perfect for me and could help me find employment in the future.

Yu Yang, Postgraduate student in School of East Asian Studies

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This is a highly flexible course that offers a large range of modules in the social sciences that may be combined with Japanese language tuition at a range of levels.

The course will cover topics including international relations in Japan, Japanese media, public relations, and business and work culture in Japan. At the end of the course you will have a deep understanding of life in modern Japan.

East Asian Studies postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Media and Public Communication in Japan
  • Global Governance and Japan
  • Project

Examples of optional modules

Choose from a range of modules which may include:

  • Work and Organisation in East Asia
  • Media, Culture and Society in East Asia
  • International Business and East Asia
  • Postwar Japanese Politics
  • Business and the Economy of Japan
  • Japanese language modules (of the appropriate level)
  • Project (core)

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures and small-group seminars. You're assessed on your essays, exams, presentations and an extended project.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

For all our degrees you will need a good first degree in any subject. This will normally mean a 2.1 from a university in the UK, or equivalent from an institution overseas.

Native speakers of Chinese, Japanese or Korean are welcome to apply to any of our courses but won’t be able to take optional language modules in their native language.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 5.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Professor Hugo Dobson

I’m currently looking into the transition from G7 to G20. I’m interested in the global rebalancing of power with the rise of countries like China and India. In particular, I’m interested in understanding how Japan as a ‘risen’ power is managing this process in a forum like the G20.

Professor Hugo Dobson, Global Governance and Japan, plus Japanese language teaching.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: k.gallagher@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 8423

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.