Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code T415
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects East Asian Studies Korean Studies

Any questions?

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

Course description

This balanced programme of language study and lecture-based modules helps you develop a critical understanding of Korea. You'll learn the Korean language from scratch, and spend a year studying in Seoul at one of our partner universities.

You'll have a choice of modules that cover East Asia as a region, highlighting Korean issues in a regional or global context. Towards the end of your course, you'll focus on more advanced and vocational skills in writing, summary, precision translation, debate and oral presentation.

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 Korean required (up to A Level Korean acceptable)
  • 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
Korean Language 1A
Korean Language 2A
Korean Language 1B
Korean Language 2B

Optional modules:

Understanding Korea 1
Understanding Korea 2

Second year

Core modules:

Korea Year Abroad

Third year

Core modules:

Korean Language 3A
Korean Language 4A
Korean Language 3B
Korean Language 4B

Optional modules:

Contemporary Korean Society
East Asian Cinema
Understanding Contemporary North Korea

Fourth year

Core modules:

East Asian Dissertation
Korean Language 5
Korean Language 6

Optional modules:

Korea Research Project 1
Korea Research Project 2
Researching Korea 1

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


Charlotte Mills - East Asian Studies

"The course is incredibly flexible. I would encourage students to make the most of this and explore different areas of East Asia..."

Charlotte Mills ,
Undergraduate

As part of this degree you'll spend a year studying in Seoul, South Korea at one of our six partner institutions including Yonsei University and Sungkyunkwan University. All of our partner universities in Seoul are high quality institutions which will provide you with the same, high level of teaching and support that is available in Sheffield.

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

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School of East Asian Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 8400
Email eastasianstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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