Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code T2R4
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Japanese Studies East Asian Studies Spanish Hispanic Studies Modern Languages

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The Admissions Secretary
School of East Asian Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 8400
Email seas_ughelp@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/seas/undergraduates

Course description

Complex, unique, endlessly fascinating, Japan embraces modernity and technology while maintaining its rich traditional culture. To truly understand Japan, you have to experience it. You have to immerse yourself in it.

We teach Japanese intensively, from scratch. You will study the phonetic scripts (kana) from the outset, picking up the 2000 Sino-Japanese characters (kanji) over the course of your degree. Other modules cover contemporary Japanese society, literature, politics, economics, gender, modern history, business management and international relations.

Alongside your Japanese studies, you'll develop your written and spoken Spanish and take modules in the culture and society of Spain.

You will spend your third year studying at one of our partner universities in Japan. More than just a chance to put what you've learned into practice, this year is an experience you won't forget.

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*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language*
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)
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 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 East Asian Studies website

Course information on Hispanic Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Exploring East Asia
Japanese Language 1A
Japanese Language 2A
Japanese Language 1B
Japanese Language 2B

Optional modules:

Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture I
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture II
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture I
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture II

Second year

Core modules:

Japanese Language 3A
Japanese Language 4A
Japanese Language 3B
Japanese Language 4B

Optional modules:

Contemporary Japanese Society
Evolution of the Japanese Language
Hispanic Fiction
Hispanic Film
Modern Japanese History
Nation and Identities in Latin America
Nation and Identity in the Lusophone World
Postwar Japanese Politics
Promised Lands
Representations of the Hispanic World
Tradition, Transition and Modernity
Advanced Spanish Language
Advanced Spanish Language I
Advanced Spanish Language II
Advanced Spanish Language II
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture I
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture II
Intensive Beginners Portuguese I
Intensive Beginners Portuguese II
Intensive Catalan I
Intensive Catalan II

Third year

Core modules:

Japanese Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Japanese Language 5
Advanced Spanish Language III
Advanced Spanish Language IV

Optional modules:

Barcelona: Culture of the City
Civilisation and Barbarism in Latin America
Cultural Crosscurrents in the Lusophone World
Dissertation
History of the Spanish Language
Japan Research Project 1
Japan Research Project 2
Popular Music in the Hispanic World
Popular and Physical Culture in the Hispanic World
Questioning Spain
Researching Japan 1
Researching Japan 2
The Idea of the Modern in Latin American Fiction
Translation Studies
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture I
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture I
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture III
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture IV

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.

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.

Take one of our Chinese, Japanese or Korean studies degrees and spend a year studying at a leading university in your chosen country. Our partners are Nanjing University in China, four high ranking universities in South Korea including Yonsei University in Seoul and more than 25 Japanese universities including Tokyo, Kyoto and Waseda University.

School of East Asian Studies website

Hispanic Studies

Jessop West building

Learn with us and you won't just become fluent in Spanish. You'll be immersed in Hispanic cultures. Our degrees are about understanding the contexts that determine the way Hispanic communities think and act. This knowledge can be key to the success of many national and international enterprises.

You'll be stretched intellectually, learning in small groups with native speakers. Around a third of teaching time is devoted to developing your written and oral fluency in Spanish. And there's a huge range of options for combining Hispanic Studies with a second subject.

You'll build a close working relationship with your tutors. We use novel ways to inspire you, including filmmaking. Our student-run societies arrange regular social, cultural and sporting events. We also perform a Spanish or Latin American play and a Hispanic concert each year, in which staff and students participate.

Visits by contemporary Spanish and Latin American writers, film directors and scholars play their part in maintaining a lively intellectual environment. We also hold regular research seminars that are open to all, in which both members of the department and invited speakers present the areas in which they research.

Hispanic Studies website


What our graduates do

Studying Japan, China or Korea prepares our graduates for a career in the world's most dynamic region. There are also many opportunities across Europe for people with skills in Asian languages and cultures.

Our graduates work in government and diplomacy, media and the arts, non-government organisations and international business - in professions as diverse as management consultancy, accountancy, marketing, research, language teaching and translation.

Student profile


Meredith Graham - BA Japanese Studies

"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 ,
Undergraduate

As part of this degree you'll spend a year studying in Japan at one of our partner institutions located across the breadth of the country, from Hokkaido in the snowy north to Okinawa in the tropical south. There are over twenty possible destinations, including elite public and private universities, as well as prominent regional institutions.

During your year in Japan you'll immerse yourself in this fascinating country. You'll continue to take intensive Japanese language courses as well as choosing from a range of other modules taught in English or Japanese.

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