MSc in Modern Japanese Studies
The MSc in Modern Japanese Studies is a twelve month masters programme that provides students with a combination of courses about Japan, mainly the social sciences, an intensive language programme and a research methods course. It culminates with a 10,000 word dissertation submitted by 1st September.
Native speakers of Japanese or those with native speaker competence are also encouraged to apply for a place on the programme.
It is taught by full time members of the Nissan and Oriental Institutes and all the courses are designed for masters level students.
The components of the course are:
- Research Methods for Area Studies
- Dissertation about Japan (10,000 words)
- Either three courses about Japan chosen from the options listed below (for Japanese native speakers)
- Or two courses about Japan chosen from the options listed below, and a Japanese Language course.
The optional courses are:
- Modern Transnational Intellectual History of Japan - Dr Sho Konishi
- Japanese Linguistics - Professor Bjarke Frellesvig
- Modern Japanese Literature and Film - Dr Linda Flores
- Japanese Politics - Professor Ian Neary
- Japanese Economic Policy - Dr Hiroaki Matsuura
- Japanese Social Anthropology - Professor Roger Goodman
- Sociology of Japanese Society - Professor Takehiko Kariya and Dr Ekaterina Hertog
- Minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification) and a transcript of your results
- Three academic references
- Two pieces of written work in English*
- Personal statement
- Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evident of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University