Taught course

Korean (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 (discipline) and Intensive Language (Korean) has a two-year language pathway and is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Korea. The intensive training in Korean language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Korean.

Combine a discipline with Intensive Language (Korean)

Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Korean language over two years, including a period in South Korea (in the summer between the first and the second year), making this programme unique in Europe. Note that students bear the costs of travel to and from Korea, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

Access to the Korean language pathway is currently available for students with a beginner level of proficiency. The post-beginner level of proficiency is not running in 2021/22. Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).

Students taking MA Korean Studies as their discipline cannot choose additional Korean language modules from the Languages list; you will have to select your discipline modules from the other categories.

Why study Intensive Korean Language at SOAS

  • we are ranked 13th in the UK for Modern Languages (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • 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