BA Korean Studies

Year of Entry: 2018
UCAS Code:
T415
Entry Requirements: ABB at A level (or equivalent)
Duration: 4 years (including a year in Korea)

Course overview

Korean Studies began at Sheffield University more than 30 years ago, and the Centre for Korean Studies has developed into one of the leading teaching and research centres for Korean Studies in Europe. Recognizing this achievement, the British government announced in 2000 major funding to support the further development of our Korean Studies programme.

The variety of modules offered at Sheffield and the flexibility of our modular degree system allow you to tailor your studies to your own needs and career aspirations. Throughout your degree you will be required to take core modules in Korean language in each year. As well as language modules, you will also be required to take ‘studies modules’; these are modules which are not language-based and cover topics such as history, society, business and literature. These modules involve lectures on specific themes, and seminars or tutorials in which you discuss these themes with tutors. Studies modules involve far less class time than language modules, but you will need to spend time out of class writing essays or preparing for class discussions or presentations.

Developing your individual interests
At most levels of your Korean Studies degree, you will also have the opportunity to take modules which are of interest to you but which do not relate to Korea. These are known as ‘unrestricted’ modules, and are important in that they allow you to tailor your degree to include areas of study in which you have an interest or which you see as important but which are not ‘core’ to your studies.

Year 1

You will take core modules in Korean language during both semesters spending around 5 hours each week in Korean-language classes, covering grammar, writing, speaking and other skills.

To compliment your language training, you will also take core modules in: East Asian Studies, to establish Korea in its regional context and clarify its geographical, historical, cultural, social and political links with other East Asian states; and, in Critical Text Analysis, to enable you to learn how to interpret and utilise scholars' writings about Korea.


Compulsory Modules


Optional Modules

You will take one of the following modules

Unrestricted modules up to the value of 20 credits

Your year in Korea

You will spend your second year at one of our partner universities in Seoul (Hanyang, Korea, Sogang, Sookmyung Women's, Sungkyunkwan and Yonsei University) and is a core requirement of your degree. In Seoul, you will continue to take intensive courses in Korean language, building on the skills you learned during your first year. Prior to leaving for Seoul, the School will hold a number of workshops to help you prepare for your Year Abroad and advise you on all relevant issues, from visa applications to student life in Korea.
Find out more about your year in Korea

Progression to the Year Abroad is subject to successfully passing the required modules and meeting the Korean government's visa regulations for D-2 (Study Visa to Attend Regular Schools) Visa.

Year 2 (back in Sheffield

Back in Sheffield, language will continue to form an important part of your studies. Drawing on your experiences of living and studying in Korea you will focus your studies on developing your language skills further and focus on conversational skills and reading skills.

In the studies programme, you will be able to choose from a range of modules with a focus on the disciplinary study of Korea, to enable you to appreciate the different paths to understanding the country taken by historians, political scientists and sociologists, among others.


Compulsory Modules

  • Korean language 3A
  • Korean language 3B
  • Korean language 4A
  • Korean language 4B

Optional Modules

You will take two of the following modules

Plus unrestricted modules up to the value of 20 credits

Final Year

In the Studies programme, you will be able to choose from a wide range of specialised research seminar modules to enable you to join your lecturers in the most up-to-date study of Korea. This will support an important component of your degree in the final year: a dissertation on a topic of your choice relating to Korea. You will work on the dissertation over the course of the year with a supervisor from the department, using both your Korean language skills and the analytical skills you have developed through your Studies Modules in earlier years, to produce a high-quality piece of research.


Compulsory Modules

  • Korean Language 5
  • Korean Language 6
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

You will take one of the following modules.

Plus one Research project modules

Unrestricted modules up to the value of 20 credits


YasminYasmin Parsons
BA Korean Studies and Business Management

I love the interactive way that we study Korean. The dedicated teaching team always make sure to use a wide variety of sources to enrich our learning experience. Whether it be group discussions, presentations or watching videos, every class is different, and it has made learning a challenging language such as Korean so much more enjoyable. I especially enjoy the video classes, where we watch videos from a variety of sources and discuss the topics together.

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