Japan remains one of the most powerful and dynamic economies of the world. For companies around the world, knowledge about Japan is essential to make informed corporate decisions. The MA in Japanese Business is uniquely situated between Japanese and Business Studies in order to prepare the next generation of skilled leaders. Preparing you for a career in organisations in or dealing with Japan, the course will enable you to gain key skills and knowledge – as well as offering you a unique learning environment within a vibrant academic community.
The Department was in 1963 and is one of Europe's largest teaching and research centres on the Asia Pacific Region. It provides postgraduate and undergraduate teaching programmes in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Mongolian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, and South East Asian Studies.
The Department was set up with a deliberately modern bias, unlike the more traditional departments that emphasise classical studies. Our twenty three academic members of staff include several native and near-native speakers of Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Indonesian and Thai, and our research activity includes work in the social sciences and in language and literature. The Department received a rating of 5 (out of 5) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise and 23 (out of 24) in its Teaching Quality Assessment in 1997.We currently teach approximately 350 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate students.
What you study
The MA in Japanese Business has been designed around four key building blocks reflecting key professional skills. Innovative delivery of teaching, such as online modules or business simulations, is at the core of the programme. A dynamic perspective - reflecting a commitment to change and entrepreneurial innovation - is imperative in today’s complex and changing environment. A distinctive feature of the MA in Japanese Business is the work placement in Japan, which not only gives you the chance to apply academic knowledge to real-life business situations in a Japanese context, but also provides you with invaluable insights that can be a stepping-stone for your career.
Rapid globalisation forces us to re-think once successful strategies. New challenges call for new skills. The programme reflects the role of Japan as a key player in the world economy. The curriculum centres around three key dimensions:
As expertise necessary for efficient Euro-Asia transaction and cooperation must be based on profound regional know-how this programme is devoted to cross-cultural exploration. One of the dimensions of the MA in Japanese Business is to expand your appreciation of local particularities that determine marketing and management processes in Japan and East Asia.
East Asia is a fast-growing region, rich in natural resources and poised to gain global importance in manufacturing and trade. Its strategic importance in business and geopolitics must not be underestimated. The Department of East Asian Studies is uniquely placed to provide expertise on the region.
Continuity and Change
Japan’s economic catch-up has evoked a wide spectrum of reactions. The common denominator is the need to understand the structure and factors of its rise to economic superpower status. The programme will equip you with an awareness of current opportunities and challenges posed by the world’s second largest economy.
How you study
The skills you will develop during the MA in Japanese Business programme prepare you for a range of career options, both in businesses dealing in or with Japan as well as in academia or other research-oriented organisations. By allowing for maximum flexibility in the choice of options, you can tailor your study programme to your individual career aspirations. The key areas of the programme (language, research, contextual and business skills) enable you to streamline and sharpen your graduate profile. With the leitmotif "per aspera ad astra" the programme provides an ideal environment to combine study with career aspirations.