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Masters degrees in Japanese Language & Literature equip postgraduates with the skills to critically analyse and understand the history, development and usage of Japanese languages, as well as their representation and interpretation in Japanese literature.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Japanese Language Teaching and Asian Studies. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History, Cultural Studies or Languages and Literature.
Courses in this field offer a broad range of opportunities for specialisation, depending on your interests.
For example, you may wish to focus your studies specifically towards a career in translation, whereby you may study a range of literature or even practical vocal translation, to translate Japanese to or from other languages.
Alternatively, you might observe how traditional Japanese literature was heavily influenced by Chinese culture, and how the phonology between Japanese and Chinese was historically very similar.
Careers in Japanese Language & Literature may include roles in public services or authorities, such as translation for immigration services or policy within foreign exchange networks. You might also consider roles in academia and publishing, or even the media such as journalism.
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The MPhil in Japanese Studies is a two-year programme offered jointly by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies that combines intensive language courses, three courses about Japan, research methods courses and a 30,000-word dissertation. Native speakers of Japanese take two additional courses about Japan. Read more
This is a twelve-month programme offered jointly by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies that combines courses about Japan, an intensive language programme, a research methods course and a 12,000-word dissertation. Read more
This programme covers both pre-modern and modern literatures of Japan. It includes the study of literary works written in the original languages, as well as an introduction to literary theory. Read more
The last 20 years have been a period of transition for Japan. The abrupt end in the early 1990s of Japan’s seemingly unstoppable economic growth plunged the nation into two decades of recession, which has in turn brought to the fore a range of social and political issues accumulated since the Second World War. Read more
The Japanese Studies pathway is a specially designed one-year graduate seminar and research course with substantial taught elements for students who want to deepen their undergraduate education and/or prepare for a PhD in Japanese studies. . Read more
First taught at Edinburgh in 1976, Japanese has developed to encompass a thriving postgraduate research programme. Covering a wide spectrum of interests, it also allows for joint supervision, should your research goals be interdisciplinary. Read more
The Japanese Studies MLitt comprises taught and research-based elements and is well suited as preparation for PhD research. We place a high emphasis on excellent supervision, researcher training and development. Read more
This multidisciplinary, flexible course will give you a thorough grounding in comparative literature and cultural studies in the context of modern languages. Read more
SOAS offers the most comprehensive MA in Japanese Studies available anywhere in Europe. Students are able to choose modules that cover all of Japan’s historical periods, from the earliest to the present and ranging over the social and political sciences as well as humanities. Read more
This MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies) provides initial research training and, in most cases, aims to develop students' linguistic skills as well as methodological sophistication. Read more
This course offers comprehensive training addressing both international political issues and media trends in East Asia. You will learn about major international and domestic political trends in the region, while developing a comprehensive understanding of the role media plays in these developments. Read more
The two-year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese. Read more
Sophia University's Graduate Programme in Global Studies (GPGS) and the Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS University of London have launched a Dual Degree Program (DDP) which allows students to benefit from the combined resources of two of the world's leading institutions in Japanese Studies, located in two major global cities – Tokyo and London. Read more