Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code T4T2
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Japanese Studies East Asian Studies Korean Studies

Any questions?

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

School of East Asian Studies

Top 3 for student satisfaction in the UK among Asian Studies departments
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

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

Along with your language study, you'll have a choice of modules that cover East Asia as a region, highlighting Korean issues in a regional or global context. Modules on contemporary Japan cover issues relating to the environment, ethnic relations and employment.

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 points
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 or Japanese required (up to A-level Korean and GCSE Japanese 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:

Japanese for Non-Specialists I
Japanese for Non-Specialists II
Korean Language I
Korean Language II
The History of Korea

Optional modules:

Gender in East Asia
The Languages and Writing Systems of East Asia
Chinese Culture and Society
Japan's Economy and Management
Japanese History
Japanese Literature
Japanese Politics
Modern Chinese History

Second year

Core modules:

Korean Year Abroad

Third year

Core modules:

Advanced Korean Language I
Advanced Korean Language II
Japanese for Non-Specialists III
Japanese for Non-Specialists IV

Optional modules:

Contemporary Japanese Society
Contemporary Korean Society
East Asian Popular Culture
International Relations in East Asia (Late 19thC to Late 20thC)
Modern Japanese History
Postwar Japanese Politics
Understanding Contemporary North Korea

Fourth year

Core modules:

Advanced Korean Language III
Advanced Korean Language IV
Japanese for Non-Specialists V
Japanese for Non-Specialists VI

Optional modules:

Contemporary Issues in East Asia
East Asian Dissertation
Japan in the World
Japanese Popular Culture
Korean Cinema
Memory and History in East Asia
The Contemporary Japanese Novel (In Translation)
The Two Koreas and their Neighbours
War and Peace in East Asia
Work and Society in Japan

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 course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 32%
Independent study 69%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 59%
Coursework 17%
Practical 24%

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

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 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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Email seas_ughelp@sheffield.ac.uk

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