Who is this programme for?
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.
Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Japanese language over two years (including a period in Japan), making this programme unique in Europe.
Access to the Japanese language pathway is currently available for students with:
- Beginner, or
- Post-beginner level of proficiency.
As a point of reference for b), this would correspond to having completed Minna no Nihongo, Volumes 1 and 2 (or an equivalent text), knowledge of approximately 500 kanji, and tuition time of about 220 hours in total. The list of kanji is available here , and a sample test is available here.
Students' proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).
Students taking MA Japanese Studies as their discipline cannot choose additional Japanese language modules from the Languages list. Please select your discipline modules from the other categories. Please also note that Special Chinese and Basic Korean can only be taken with the approval of the language teachers and MA convenor.
Students bear the costs of travel to and from Japan, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.
- Overview duration: Full-time (2 years) or Part-time (4 years)
- Fees 2019/20 UK/EU fees:
Who should take this course
Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline as outlined below.
In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.
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