Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code TV21
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Japanese Studies East Asian Studies History

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

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 society, literature, politics, economics, gender, modern history, business management and international relations.

The history side of your course covers past societies from the Roman to the Modern period. Outside the seminar room, you'll work on projects that bring history to life, like our student-run New Histories blog and WikiAmerica.

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.

Energised and inspired, you'll return to Sheffield for your final year. The language training continues, now at a more advanced level. Supervised by an academic, you'll research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

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 including History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including History or Classical Civilisation + B in a relevant Extended Project Qualification
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including History
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B in History
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including History
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • 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 Department of History website

Second year

Core modules:

Historians and History
Japanese Language III
Japanese Language IV
Modern Japanese History

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Becoming America, 1690-1763
Coercion and Consent in the Third Reich
Culture in Early Modern Europe
European Fascism
Gender and Sexuality on Modern Britain, 1850 to the Present
Gender, Culture and Society: Britain 1689 - 1837
Global Lives: South Asian Travel and Migration in the Age of Empire
Imperial Germany, 1871-1918
Match of the Day: The Nika Riot of 532
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Power and Protest in Late Medieval England, 1348-1509
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Battle for China's Future, 1839-1949
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
The Myth of Venice
The Northern Ireland 'Troubles' and Peace Process
The Rise of Rome and its Empire (c.500-90 BCE)
The Ten Commandments
The Welfare State in Britain, 1900-2015.
Tolerance and Dissent in Europe (12th - 16th Centuries)
Writing History

Third year

Core modules:

Japan Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Japanese Language V
Japanese Language VI

Optional modules:

A Comparative History of Revolution
Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats & Revolutionaries, 1830-86
Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats & Revolutionaries, 1830-86
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Cities
Contemporary Issues in East Asia
Cultural Encounters
East Asian Dissertation
Emotions and identity in twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook
Emotions and identity in twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook
Ending the Cold War
Ending the Cold War
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 I
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 II
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
Half Slave and Half Free: The Origins of the U.S. Civil War
Half Slave and Half Free: The Origins of the U.S. Civil War
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Memory and History in East Asia
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Short Dissertation
Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989
Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 I
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 II
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry I
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry II
The Paris Commune I
The Paris Commune II
The Road to Civil War: England 1621-1642 I
The Road to Civil War: England 1621-1642 II
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The Uses of History
The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c.1440-1509
The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c.1440-1509
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
War and Peace in East Asia

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 25%
Independent study 75%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 42%
Coursework 48%
Practical 10%

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

Department of History

Study with us and you'll get a taste of hands-on history, with practical experience and opportunities for work placements and volunteering.

Our courses are about opening your eyes to the world and all its possibilities. Whatever your chosen career, we can help you to develop the intellectual skills you'll need to succeed.

There's a maximum of 12 people in your seminars during the first year- so you'll get to share ideas in a close and supportive environment. When it comes to doing your dissertation, you'll have individual support from one of your tutors. You'll build a close working relationship with your personal tutor who will help you to settle in and reach your full potential.

Department of History 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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Email seas_ughelp@sheffield.ac.uk

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