Taught course

Japanese (Intensive Language) with MA

SOAS University of London · Department of Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Entry requirements

This course may be combined with other MA courses. See website for combinations of courses.

Months of entry


Course content

The two-year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese.

Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Japanese language over two years (including a period in Japan), making this programme unique in Europe.

Access to the Japanese language pathway is currently available for students with

a) beginner, or

b) post-beginner level of proficiency.

As a point of reference for b), this would correspond to having completed Minna no Nihongo, Volumes 1 and 2 (or an equivalent text), knowledge of approximately 500 kanji, and tuition time of about 220 hours in total. The list of kanji is available here, and a sample test is available here.

Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).

Students taking MA Japanese Studies as their discipline cannot choose additional Japanese language modules from the Languages list. Please select your discipline modules from the other categories. Please also note that Special Chinese and Basic Korean can only be taken with the approval of the language teachers and MA convenor.

Students bear the costs of travel to and from Japan, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

Information for international students

See website.

Fees and funding

See website

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7898 4700