This programme provides students with in-depth knowledge of Japan’s politics, economy, society and business dynamics in a regional context, together with the discipline-based, academic and transferable skills required to analyse and understand developments there.
The resources and expertise of the Department and other Japan- and Asia Pacific-related elements of the University make possible a wide range of options for study, research and linguistic development in relation to Japan and its interrelationships with the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.
As a result of the programme’s flexibility, it can be adapted to meet a range of postgraduate student needs and interests. It enables students to apply academic analysis to their experience of Japan and/or to convert past training in another academic discipline for application to Japanese Studies, while providing the opportunity to develop or enhance relevant Japanese language skills. Students are able to acquire academic and research techniques that will prepare them for further postgraduate study of or in Japan, together with the knowledge and analytical abilities necessary for a wide range of careers in or with the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, students acquire transferable skills in inter-personal and cross-cultural relations, as well as the ability to devise, organise and carry out independent projects of their own.
Japan is a major regional and global power, and knowledge of its economic, political and social systems and appropriate linguistic and other skills will be increasingly valuable in providing the research and analysis necessary to understand and operate there.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
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
* Japanese language
* Research training modules
* Core area studies modules in the politics, society, economy and business dynamics of Japan
* A dissertation based on a Japanese studies related subject of your choice (within supervisory expertise of the Department