Taught course

Korean Studies

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 Korean Studies is designed either to prepare the student for advanced graduate work in a wide range of subjects related to Korea, or as an end/qualification in itself. The programme explores the history, politics, art, music and literature of Korea, as well as providing opportunities to study the languages of the region.

Students in the programme come from many countries and have a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Some have already studied, or lived, in Korea and wish to broaden their knowledge or understanding. Others wish to focus their previous training on the region, while others will come from Korea or another East Asian country wishing to study Korea from the perspective of a different culture and academic tradition. Knowledge of the Korean language is not a requirement of the programme. Language modules, however, are popular options.

SOAS has its own Centre of Korean Studies which has been Great Britain’s leading academic centre on research on Korea since its establishment in 1987. The centre holds a regular seminar series, open to all, where international researchers present their work engaging with diverse aspects of Korea.

Why study Intensive Language Korean at SOAS

  • we are ranked 13th in the UK for Modern Languages (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • you will gain essential language skills but also an in-depth understanding of the region’s culture covering subjects from literature, history, cinema, and politics

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
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 3510 6974