Language Requirements for the MSc and MPhil in Japanese Studies

Language Requirements for the MSc and MPhil in Japanese Studies

Japanese Language Requirement:

As we do not teach beginners Japanese, we require students to already have language proficiency equivalent to the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Proficiency Level N4 or above.

If you do not already have a pass at N4 or above you will need to take the JLPT test in the December prior to your application at the very latest.   Addresses of test centres world-wide can be found on the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test website.  You must submit a copy of your test certificate with your application.

If for some compelling reason you have been unable to take the test in time (because of Covid-19 circumstances for example), you will be asked to take an on-line test, and have an interview in Japanese, so that we can assess your level.  The offer of a place on the programme will be conditional on you having an acceptable language competence equivalent to JLPT Level N4 or above.  The results will be held in the strictest of confidence by our Japanese Language Co-ordinator.


What is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?

The JLPT is an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers, sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Educational Exchange and Services.  In the UK the test is administered by the SOAS Language Centre, University of London (and separately at the University of Edinburgh) on behalf of the Japan Foundation.


JLPT in London

Sunday, 3rd July 2022 and Sunday, 4th December 2022.


English Language Requirement (for those whose first language is not English):

English is the language of instruction for all programmes offered at Oxford and all examination papers are written in English.

If your first language is not English, you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant higher level before any offer of a place can be confirmed. The University recognises only certain English tests. The standard and higher level requirements are given in full, along with details of recognised English tests, in the Guidance for international students.