The BA East Asian Studies from SOAS University of London combines the study of East Asian languages with the study of East Asia-related subjects in various disciplines. Compared to the existing single-subject BA Chinese, BA Korean and BA Japanese degrees, there is less emphasis on language learning. Compared to the existing 2-degree BA Chinese/Japanese/Korean and… degrees, there is more space to study East Asia-related courses in a range of disciplines. The programme also differs from the existing offerings in that there is no year abroad included.
Through the course of the three years, students take units in modern Chinese, Japanese and Korean at the appropriate level. They can start as complete beginners, or they can start from higher levels. Progression through a total of four levels is offered, whereas for those who exceed the highest level, language-based modules in literature and film, as well as a language-based dissertation, are available. The programme also offers courses in regional languages.
As a graduate who specialised in East Asia, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.
Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail,analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
- Editor and Translator
- Under Secretary
- Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Medical Secretary
- Press Attache
- Regional Chief of Photography
- Project Manager
- Economic Counsellor
- Professional Translator
- Director of Research for China
- Social Worker
- Head, Asia Programme
- Professorial Research Associate
- Senior Lecturer in Chinese Archaeology
- Energy Consultant
- Independent Columnist and Reporter
- Art Curator
- Reading and Writing East Asian Studies
- East Asian Civilizations
- East Asian Imperialisms
- Myths, Legends and Folkways of East Asia
- Contemporary Chinese Society
- Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi
- 36 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications may be invited for interview.
- A LEVELS:AAB-ABB
- IB:35 (665 at HL)
Alternative entry requirements
- BTEC: DDM
- Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
- Scottish Highers: AAABB
- Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
- Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
- Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
- Euro Bacc: 80%
- French Bacc: 14/20
- German Abitur: 2.0
- Italy DES: 80/100
- Austria Mat: 2.0
- Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects
International20350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20350 GBP per year during 36 months.
National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
Living costs for London
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