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Our Undergraduate Courses

All of our courses offer challenging content which explores the key issues and debates about East Asian culture and society along with the opportunity to learn an East Asian language. We believe in research-led teaching; which means that the world class research done within the department is incorporated directly into our courses.

We offer a wide variety of courses which all offer something different. You can choose to focus your studies on learning an East Asian language in one of our four-year language-based degree courses in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Alternatively, you can study the contemporary development and modern history of the East Asian region in our three-year East Asian Studies course, which does not have a compulsory language component, but allows you to study the basics of any of the three languages.

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.

Single Honours

Dual Honours

Single Honours allows you to go into greater depth about the country and language you have chosen. Unlike Dual Honours students you can choose more modules specialising in your chosen country and its language. You also get more `unrestricted´ modules, which allow you to take subjects outside of your course.

Dual Honours means you can combine Japanese, Korean, Chinese or East Asian Studies with a different subject. In other words your degree with be in two disciplines.

Bear in mind the distinction between `and´ and `with´ for Dual Honours degrees:

  • ‘And’ degrees (eg. Business Management and Japanese Studies) involve a 50/50 split between the two subjects.
  • ‘With’ degrees allow you to choose a ‘Major’ and ‘Minor’ focus (eg. French with Japanese would mean French as a Major and Japanese as a Minor, whereas Japanese Studies with Russian has Japanese as the Major and Russian as the Minor).

Please note that degrees "with Japanese" are only taught from beginners level and applicants with a qualification in Japanese higher than G.C.S.E level cannot be considered.

Any Dual Honours degree where an East Asian language is the major involves a year abroad in Asia. Courses where the East Asian language is a minor component (e.g Russian with Japanese) do not involve a year studying in Asia.

Year Abroad

As part of the four-year language-based degrees you will spend a year abroad at one of our partner universities in East Asia. This will give you an invaluable opportunity to put your language skills into practice, as well as learn about the people and culture first-hand.

Degrees with employment experience (DEE)

A degree ‘with Employment Experience’ offers you the opportunity to further develop your knowledge, skills and understanding within an employment context by undertaking a one year work placement as part of your degree programme.

French, German, Russian and Spanish

Sheffield also teaches French, German, Russian and Spanish. These languages are located in our School of Languages and Cultures. Degrees are available in French/German/Russian/Spanish with Japanese and Chinese/Japanese with French/German/Russian/Spanish.

Degrees in French, German, Russian and Spanish