Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code T300
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects East Asian Studies

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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

Studying the culture of China, Japan and Korea gives you a unique perspective on the contemporary development of East Asia - the most dynamic area of the world economy. And Sheffield is the only major university outside London with expertise in all three countries.

Modules cover topics such as history, society, business and literature. There are lectures on specific themes which you will then discuss in seminars and tutorials. In the third year, you will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice, supervised by an academic.

It's not compulsory to learn a language on this course. But you have the option to take non-specialist modules in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. The course doesn't come with a built-in year abroad, but you can apply to spend a semester or a year overseas through Erasmus or the University's Study Abroad programme.

Modules: what you study and when

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
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B in a relevant Extended Project Qualification
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • No prior knowledge of an Asian language required
  • 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 East Asian Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Exploring East Asia

Optional modules:

Understanding China 1
Understanding China 2
Understanding Japan 1
Understanding Japan 2
Understanding Korea 1
Understanding Korea 2
Japanese for Non-Specialists 1
Japanese for Non-Specialists 2

Second year

Core modules:

East Asian Fieldwork

Optional modules:

Chinese Business and Management
Contemporary Japanese Society
Contemporary Korean Society
East Asian Cinema
Modern Chinese History: Beyond Revolution
Modern Japanese History
Postwar Japanese Politics
Understanding Contemporary North Korea
Urbanisation in China
Japanese for Non-Specialists 3

Third year

Core modules:

East Asian Dissertation

Optional modules:

China Research Project 1
China Research Project 2
Japan Research Project 1
Japan Research Project 2
Korea Research Project 1
Korea Research Project 2
Researching China 1
Researching China 2
Researching Japan 1
Researching Japan 2
Researching Korea 1
Japanese for Non- Specialists 5
Japanese for Non- Specialists 6

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

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


"We're provided with a really rounded education... and when you sit back and think that you've just had a conversation about human rights in Chinese, it's really exciting."

Thomas Frasier
School of East Asian Studies

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