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MA North Korean Studies

Course Description

Programme Overview

The MA North Korean Studies provides the only dedicated master’s degree in this subject area outside South Korea. Uniquely, this one year course embeds the learning and teaching in a graduate introduction to social science philosophies and methods, provides training in the Korean language geared to the language level of the student (beginners, intermediate, or advanced) and, at the same time, introduces a wide range of materials on the society, economy, politics and International relations of North Korea. The course director, Professor Hazel Smith, is a world-leading scholar whose publications provide global benchmark studies on North Korea. The MA is taught by staff situated in UCLan’s International Institute of Korean Studies, which works within a globally established network of influential academics, diplomats, journalists and public policy officials who work on North Korea.

The course will provide you with the comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global business of gaining knowledge and expertise, not just on North Korea, but in the international relations of East Asia, which is the motor force of the world economy yet also contains some of the globe’s pressing security problems; the most important to all of the global powers of which is North Korea’s nuclear programme. Students graduating from this master’s course will have developed knowledge, analytical skills and language skills (Korean at beginners, intermediate or advanced level) that will equip them to work in a number of employment sectors dealing with international affairs. The strong support from policy makers in the UK (FCO and parliament) will also bring networks to our students that will facilitate employability prospects.


Inter-Korean relations: Theory and Practice
Research Methods
North Korea: History, Politics and International Relations
North Korea: Economy and Society
Korean Language 1
Korean Language 2

Visit the MA North Korean Studies page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree in Social Science or Humanities 2:1 or 2:2 with relevant experience.

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