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Japanese, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
The Japanese degree from the University of Leeds will allow you to develop your language skills while exploring the diversity of Japanese society – and you’ll spend a year at a Japanese university to gain first-hand experience.


Why study?

Japan is one of the world’s biggest economies, but it’s also home to a rich and varied culture and a complex, changing society. This degree will allow you to develop your language skills while exploring the diversity of Japanese society – and you’ll spend a year at a Japanese university to gain first-hand experience.

Core modules will allow you to develop your spoken and written Japanese, while optional modules are the starting point for you to choose the elements of Japanese culture, history or politics that interest you. You could also take modules on Chinese society, or explore East Asia more generally.

Leeds is one of Europe’s largest centres for East Asian Studies. That means we can offer flexible degree programmes with a wide range of options, covering topics that stretch across the Asia Pacific region.

We focus on modern Japanese life, but we don’t ignore the complex history that brought it to this point. This degree will allow you gain a real insight into a fascinating country.
Career opportunities

This degree gives you proficiency in a major world language, as well as an insight into the fascinating culture of one of the world’s most influential economies. These will open doors to a wide range of careers in Japan and elsewhere around the world, but you will also develop transferable skills which are highly sought by employers.

You’ll have strong research skills, allowing you to find information from a wide range of sources and draw your own conclusions. Then you’ll be able to communicate and defend them clearly. Teamwork, adaptability and time management are also among the key qualities you can develop.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    485 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

What you study

This course is intended for non-native speakers of Japanese only. Our first-year language courses are aimed at beginners, but if you already have some knowledge of Japanese we can usually accommodate you. Either way, you’ll develop your knowledge of the Japanese language while choosing optional modules allowing you to explore the country’s fascinating history, as well as its social and cultural life. This is the perfect way to prepare for your Residence Abroad, which you’ll spend at a Japanese university building your language skills and gaining a new perspective on the topics you have studied.

You’ll bring all of this back to Leeds with you for your final two years, where you’ll take advanced language classes to refine your spoken and written Japanese. At the same time you’ll be cultivating critical and research skills, as you choose further optional modules exploring aspects of life in Japan, from religion to anime, modern Japanese history to Sino-Japanese relations.

In your final year, you can put these skills into practice with an independently researched dissertation or final year project.

Study abroad opportunities

After your first year, you’ll get the chance to spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in Japan spread across Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Fukuoka.

It offers you invaluable experience of Japanese life and culture, and the intensive language classes you’ll undertake will help you develop your language skills. You’ll also get the chance to study a variety of subjects such as history and politics, but the curriculum varies between universities. Of course, there will also be plenty of time for you to travel and explore everything that Japan has to offer.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • Standard Offer: AAB - ABB at A level excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking. GCSE grade C in a foreign language is required as a minimum, a foreign language A-level is preferred
  • Access to Leeds Offer: BBC at A-level excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking. GCSE grade C in a foreign language is required as a minimum, a foreign language A-level is preferred
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Offer: 34-35 points (16 higher points).
  • Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications.
Selection principles
Access to Leeds is a widening participation scheme that allows us to identify applicants who have the potential to succeed at the University of Leeds but who may not be able to demonstrate their talents through grades alone.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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