Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QT12
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects English Language and Linguistics Japanese Studies East Asian Studies Linguistics

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Course description

This four-year course is run jointly with the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS).

You spend your third year at one of our partner universities in Japan.

In Linguistics, compulsory modules provide you with the analytical tools and concepts that are essential for anyone studying human language. Optional modules give you the chance to specialise in areas of the subject that catch your imagination, including language acquisition, historical linguistics, or the study of language in its social and cultural contexts.

The Japanese side of the course combines intensive study of the Japanese language with modules on Japan and East Asia. Modules include contemporary society, minorities, politics, economics, gender, modern history, business management and international relations. There are also modules in modern literature and the pre-modern language.

SEAS teach Japanese intensively from scratch - speaking, listening, reading and writing. You learn phonetic scripts (kana) from the outset, and learn roughly 2,000 Sino-Japanese characters (kanji) needed over the four years of the course.

By the end of the first year you will have covered most of the core grammar of the language. From the second year you start to deal with real texts, including newspapers.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB typically including a modern foreign language plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject. Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement required
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level modern foreign language
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification and evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language and evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A levels: B+AB typically including a modern foreign language and evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification)
  • No prior knowledge of Japanese required (up to A Level Japanese acceptable)
  • General Studies is accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of English website

Course information on School of East Asian Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Japanese language 1A
Japanese language 1B
Japanese language 2A
Japanese language 2B
The Sounds of English
The Structure of English

Optional modules:

History of English
Introduction to Research Methods in Linguistics
Varieties of English

Second year

Core modules:

Japanese Language III
Japanese Language IV

Optional modules:

A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity
Big Data: Language & Digital Corpora
Contemporary Japanese Society
Evolution of the Japanese Language
First Language Acquisition
Introduction to Middle English
Introduction to Modern Irish
Introduction to Old English
Japan in the World
Language Attitudes
Language Politics and Language Policy
Language and Cognition
Modern Japanese History
Postwar Japanese Politics
Special Subject
The History of Persuasion
Work and Society in Japan
Writing the Real

Third year

Core modules:

Japan Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Japanese Language V
Japanese Language VI

Optional modules:

Advanced Phonetics
Approaches to Discourse
Conversation Analysis
Dialect in Literature and Film
East Asian Dissertation
Historical Pragmatics
Historical Sociolinguistics
Japan in the World
Japanese Popular Culture
Language and Gender
Narrative Style in the Contemporary Novel
Psychology of Language
Research Practice
Researching Readers
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Work and Society in Japan
World Englishes

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 38%
Independent study 63%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 52%
Coursework 37%
Practical 12%

School of English

Jessop West

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

School of English website

School of East Asian Studies

Our courses are designed to immerse you in the languages and cultures of East Asian countries. You will be taught by native speakers in Chinese, Japanese and Korean in regular small group classes using custom made course material. To enhance your learning, we also make use of our modern virtual language lab, which enables you to learn using visual and audio aids.

Our courses are based on world-leading research and taught by experts whose work influences policy and informs public debate. Most of our staff publish in their specialist fields. Many of them have written books for major publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and Macmillan.

School of East Asian Studies website

What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile

"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke

"I've achieved so much in such a short space of time and I'm loving every week of it. The lecturers make every lesson entertaining and fun and have an obvious passion for teaching us Japanese."

Meredith Graham
Japanese Studies

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