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 Japanese History - Dr Ian Rapley
- 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
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.
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.
- 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 evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University
How to Apply
- See guidance notes