BA Korean Studies

Year of Entry: 2018
UCAS Code:
T415
Entry Requirements: ABB at A level (or equivelent)
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.

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 3

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.

Year 4

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.

Examples of past topics

  • Cosmetic surgery culture in Korea
  • Female sexuality in Korean popular culture
  • Japan/South Korea public relations

Luke BillLuke Bill
BA Korean Studies

The best thing about my course is that I can study the language that I love every single day and explore a different culture. I feel like I’ve found my niche, and doing it at university level means I don’t get too stressed with the work because it’s just what I want to do.

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Korean Studies degrees
Title UCAS code Duration
BA Korean Studies T415 Four years
BA Korean Studies with Japanese T4T2 Four years
BA Music and Korean Studies WTH4 Four years

Courses for 2018 entry
We are currently conducting a review of our undergraduate teaching to ensure we provide the best possible experience and learning environment for our students. This is a normal process carried out every few years to enable the department to improve the content and structure of its teaching in the light of new staff expertise, new developments in our areas of study, and new developments in assessment and feedback. The new curriculum is not finalised yet, but is due to be introduced in academic year 2018-19. Module information will be updated on individual course pages as soon as possible.