Taught course (will run subject to approval)

North Korean Studies

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

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Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree at Upper Second or above. For non-native English speakers IELTS at 7.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

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 students the opportunity to study how North Korea can achieve change and development in the context of fragile states. This course is designed so that on completion, the student will have studied relevant subjects necessary for preparation of doctoral research.

The course will provide students with a comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global business, while allowing them to develop knowledge and expertise in many facets of East Asia. Students will develop knowledge and expertise not just on North Korea, but also in the international relations of East Asia, which, although is 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.

Modules include:

Explaining Inter-Korean Relations North Korean

History, Politics and International Relations North Korea

Economics and Society Development in Fragile States and Accountable Institutions

Divided Nations: Disputes, Violence and Conflict

China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Relations

Globalisation and Economic Development in the Asia Pacific

Historical Transformation in the Asia Pacific

Political Changes and Social Movements in the Asia Pacific

East Asian Philosophy and Thought

Critical East Asian Cinema Studies

Cultural and Creative Industries in East Asia

Theory of Interpreting and Translation

Professional Business Skills

Diplomatic Service & International Organisations

North Korean Studies Dissertation

Fees and funding

MA Scholarship for North Korean Studies and Asia Pacific Studies Are you creative, analytical and ambitious? The School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies is looking for talented students who are interested in our MA courses in Asia Pacific Studies or North Korean Studies. The successful applicants will receive partial tuition fee waiver. The scholarship is open to any nationality.

2019/20 scholarship to be confirmed.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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