Taught course

Japanese Studies and Intensive Language

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

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language is a two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) programme. This MA is designed to provide intensive language training at different proficiency levels - depending on entry level - within a Masters programme in Japanese Studies

The MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language programme allows students to:

  • cultivate or further develop a basic expertise in particular aspects of Japanese Studies
  • choose modules that meet their own needs, with respect to their interest in Japan and future career plans
  • develop their abilities to synthesize information, to think critically, to manage a complex research project and to present results in verbal and written form
  • achieve a high level of language proficiency
  • master transferable language and analytical skills in order to prepare for a variety of potential future professional or research careers.

Why study Japanese and Intensive Language at SOAS

  • we are ranked 13th in the UK for Modern Languages (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • we are home to the largest concentration of Japan specialists outside of Japan
  • you will not only learn the essential language skills but also an in depth understanding of the region’s culture covering subjects from literature, history, cinema, and politics
  • your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 3510 6974