MA Intensive Language Japanese (combined)

General

Read more about this programme on the institution's website

Programme Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


The two-year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in the Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese.

Your chosen discipline is combined with the intensive Japanese language over two years (including a period in Japan), making this programme unique in Europe.

Access to the Japanese language pathway is currently available for students with

  • beginner, or
  • post-beginner level of proficiency.

As a point of reference for b), this would correspond to having completed Minna no Nihongo, Volumes 1 and 2 (or an equivalent text), knowledge of approximately 500 kanji, and tuition time of about 220 hours in total.

Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).

Students taking MA Japanese Studies as their discipline cannot choose additional Japanese language modules from the Languages list. Please select your discipline modules from the other categories. Please also note that Special Chinese and Basic Korean can only be taken with the approval of the language teachers and MA convenor.

Students bear the costs of travel to and from Japan, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

May be combined with:

Anthropology

  • MA Anthropological Research Methods
  • MA Anthropology of Food
  • MA Anthropology of Media
  • MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism
  • MA Medical Anthropology
  • MA Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • MA Social Anthropology
  • MA Social Anthropology of Development

History

  • MA Historical Research Methods
  • MA History

History of Art

  • MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia

Japan and Korea

  • MA Japanese Studies
  • MA Korean Studies

Linguistics

  • MA Linguistics

Religions and Philosophies

  • MA Religions of Asia and Africa

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

Two Years Beginner

Year 1 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Intensive Elementary Japanese 1

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

  • Intensive Japanese 2 (MA) (Summer Programme in Japan)

Year 2 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Japanese 4 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year

Or

  • Japanese 5 (PG)

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Post-Beginner

Year 1 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Intensive Japanese 1 (MA)

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

  • Intensive Japanese 2 (MA) (Summer Programme in Japan)

Year 2 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Intensive Japanese 3 (MA)

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one-year diploma before entering the master's programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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