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:

The optional courses are:


All students will be expected to sit 3 hour written examinations in English in their chosen subjects.

Students taking the language course will also sit three examinations: Paper A of 2.5 hours, Paper B of 3 hours, and a Kanji paper of 30 minutes.

Mock Examinations

The University offers all students the opportunity to sit mock examinations during Hilary and Trinity Terms which will allow you to get use to exam locations and regulations, and the opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have concerning exam arrangements.

Examination Failures and Re-sits

Candidates who fail one or more of the elements of the final examination will be permitted to resubmit the relevant work or retake the examination paper or papers, as applicable, on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the first attempt, but the pass mark, if given, will be no more than 50.

Transferring from the MSc to the MPhil Programme or from the MPhil to the MSc Programme

First-year MPhil students and first-year MSc students considering changing their programme of study to the MSc or MPhil respectively must submit the “Application for Change of Programme of Study” by the end the week 9 of Hilary Term.  Students should make their decision to switch programmes in consultation with their supervisor.

Entry Requirements

  • 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*
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University

How to Apply

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Fees and Funding

Student profiles

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