SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The single'subject degree in Japanese aims to provide students with the highest level of competence in all aspects of the written and spoken language, and with an introduction to Japanese culture, both classical and modern. Pre'modern and modern literature, theoretical and applied linguistics, history and religion are taught within the Japanese Section, and other Japan'related courses may be taken as 'floaters' in various departments of the School.

Course Modules

All years: J1 (elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; J1 (accelerated elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; issues in post'war Japanese society; introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; J2 (Japanese); survey of pre'modern Japanese literature in translation; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; independent study project in Japanese language and culture; advanced practical Japanese; memory and militarism on Japanese television; JIV(B)i readings in Japanese history; JIV(B)ii readings in Japanese intellectual history; readings in modern Japanese literature; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; the structure of Japanese 1; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; issues in post'war Japanese society 1; issues in post'war Japanese society 2; the structure of Japanese 1; the structure of Japanese 2; Japanese cinema (a critical survey); introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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90% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 79%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 90%

£21,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

70% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 15
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 20
Unknown 15

23% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 51%

Total Coursework: 41%

Total Practical: 8%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation