Taught course

North Korean Studies

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:1 degree in related subject.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience.

A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.

IELTS: Score of at least 7.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Learn about the society, economy, politics and international relations of North Korea with our MA in North Korean Studies.

This MA embeds a graduate introduction to social science philosophies and methods in the study of North Korea, one of the least well understood countries on the planet.

It is founded on the development of critical analysis of relevant materials whilst also giving you the opportunity to study how North Korea can achieve change and development in the context of fragile states.

You’ll develop knowledge and expertise not just on North Korea, but also in the international relations of East Asia, which, although a major force in the world economy, contains some of the globe’s most pressing security problems (the most important of which is, arguably, North Korea’s nuclear programme).

This course is designed so that on completion, you’ll have studied relevant subjects necessary for preparation of doctoral research.

Why study with us

  • The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) has become an official Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) test venue since 2019, and launched the only Korea Corner, funded by Korea Foundation in the UK in April 2019.
  • This course will provide you with a comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global business, while developing your knowledge and expertise in many facets of East Asia.
  • The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire is offering 10 MA scholarships in North Korean Studies.

What you'll do

  • The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) has become an official Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) test venue since 2019, and launched the only Korea Corner, funded by Korea Foundation in the UK in April 2019.
  • Build a good grounding in research preparation and methodology for further research. This is vital for anybody who may wish to consider exploring the field further at MPhil or PhD level.
  • Modules are taught by staff who are research-active and whose work is internationally recognised through citation, request for policy advice and inputs from governments and international organisations throughout the world, and the global media.

Learning and assessment

The MA North Korean Studies is taught within the Asia Pacific Studies team, which includes scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including history, development studies, international relations and gender studies, who have all published widely on the Asia Pacific area, particularly with regard to Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.

Further information

MA Scholarships in North Korean Studies

The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is offering 8MA scholarships in North Korean Studies for 2021/22 academic year. We seek highly motivated students who have excellent academic grades at undergraduate level and are committed to high quality critical study of North Korea.

Applications are open to students of any nationality, but the scholarship is for the value of UK tuition fees (up to £7,100). Non-UK fee paying students will receive a partial fee waiver to the value of UK tuition fees. Successful candidates will be expected to work with our academics as research assistants.

IKSU was established in 2014 as a multidisciplinary hub of research, teaching and public policy in the study of contemporary Korea. IKSU is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan, bringing together university wide research expertise on global Korea in the context of development, political economy, anthropological discourse, society and culture, language, and international relations surrounding both Koreas. This scholarship opportunity is funded by the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as well as UCLan IKSU.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 31st March 2021

Applications should be made here by selecting following entries:

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate Taught
  • Mode of Study: Full Time
  • Year (To start study): 202122
  • Course Title: Master of Arts in North Korean Studies (ULKORE181)

When you apply, you should fill out all the sections in the online application.

  • Note: in the ‘Personal Statement’ section, you must provide a short supporting statement explaining why you are applying for the scholarship as well as for the MA North Korea Studies programme.

Upon completion of online application, email the following information to IKSU-AKS@uclan.ac.uk:

  • Your application number (starting with ‘G’)
  • A short dissertation proposal (max. 250 words), including your dissertation title, research question and how the research relates to the existing academic literature, in MS-Word file

Although Korean language ability would be an advantage, we welcome applications from all. In case you have not achieved your BA degree (2:1 or above) yet by 31 March 2021, you will need to submit your final grades and degree certificate in July 2021.

Please contact Dr Sojin Lim, Co-Director of IKSU (slim4@uclan.ac.uk) for further information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Full time is offered through blended learning, part time is campus taught.

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
01772 892400