Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code TV21
Duration 4 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Japanese Studies East Asian Studies History

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The Admissions Secretary
School of East Asian Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 8400

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.

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, typically including History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject, typically in combination with B in A Level History
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, typically including History
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B, typically in History
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB, typically 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)
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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

First year

Core modules:

History Workshop
Japanese Language 1A
Japanese Language 2A
Japanese Language 1B
Japanese Language 2B

Optional modules:

Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The Disenchantment of Early Modern Europe
The Making of the Twentieth Century
The Transformation of the United Kingdom, 1800 to the Present

Second year

Core modules:

Historians and History
Japanese Language 3A
Japanese Language 4A
Japanese Language 3B
Japanese Language 4B

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Appeasement, the Munich Crisis and the British People
Culture in Early Modern Europe
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
Empire, Sexuality and the Family in Modern Europe
From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
From the Pharaohs to Alexander the Great: The Battle for the Ancient World
Gender in Britain in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Revolution, Reform and Crusade in 11th-c. Europe
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
Social Crisis and Political Change in England, 1550-1640
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
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 Irish Republican Brotherhood, 1858-85
The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
The Medieval Inquisition
The Myth of Venice
The Rise of Rome and its Empire (c.500-90 BCE)
Trumpism: An American Biography
Two Germanys, `One People'? Central Europe, 1945-1990
Writing History

Third year

Core modules:

Japanese Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Japanese Language 5
Japanese Language 6

Optional modules:

A Comparative History of Revolution
Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence I
Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence II
Britain's Social Revolution: Welfare, State and Society, c. 1870-1914
Conflict, Cultures and (De)Colonisation
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Money, Power and Society
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 I
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 II
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Short Dissertation
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
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 Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The Uses of History
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity I
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity II

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.

Scheduled teaching 25%
Independent study 75%
Placement 0%

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 have a 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 field and 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, six 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 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 China, Japan or Korea prepares you 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

"What I enjoy most is the variety; you can be moving from doing economy in China, cinema in Korea to business in Japan in the space of a single semester, so you can tailor it to your own interests."

Frankie Gurdon
School of East Asian Studies

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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