SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

BA Korean and ...

4 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • No prior knowledge of the language or the region is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: In principle all mature students, candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications, Korean nationals, and 'heritage speakers' (i.e., Koreans raised abroad) are invited for interview.
A Levels:
A Level language preferred
35 (6/6/5)

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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

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Mode of Attendance: Full-time

In recent years Korean studies has developed into a viable and multi-faceted scholarly discipline. SOAS is committed to ensuring that, as the major centre for African and Asian studies in the UK, it provides an environment in which the full range of Korean studies can be consolidated and encouraged to expand further.

Degree Profile

The combined honours degree in Korean is designed to provide a comprehensive overview and understanding of Korea and Korean culture by combining instruction in language, literature, and history. At the completion of their studies, students should have a high level of competency in both spoken and written forms of Korean. In addition to thorough training in the language, the degree aims to impart to its students knowledge of Korean traditions and modern Korean society.

The degree offers a wide range of courses that include language modules (including mixed script Korean, composition, conversation, and translation), literature, pre-modern history, and modern culture and society. Students also have access to other Korea-related courses offered in other departments including art history and music.

Korean can be combined with:

  • Chinese*
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography (with King's College)
  • History
  • History of Art/Archaeology
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese*
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management (with Birkbeck College)
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Study of Religions.

 *Korean may be studied only as a minor subject with BA Chinese or BA Japanese.

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.


Key Information Set Data

Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


May be combined with:

** Taught at King’s College London

Key Information Set data

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Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

In the first year, students concentrate on language study complemented by introductory modules on Korean history and culture. They are required to spend their second year at Korea University or Sogang University in Seoul, where they focus on intensive language training which is essential to any further study of the subject. The third and fourth years are devoted to applying and furthering their language skills through modules that involve reading and analysing advanced texts and literary works, through which they gain a deeper understanding of Korean culture and society.

Students need to take a minimum of 8 units in Korean, and 5 units in their other subjects.

Two-subject Degree Students (BA Korean and ...)

(For information on the Korean degree structure for BA Chinese & Korean or BA Japanese & Korean, please see attached document).

Students must take a total of four units each year

1st Year
Core Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Elementary Korean 155900842 2 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Choose modules to the value of 1 unit from the following list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Elementary Korean 2 155901256 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Korea 155900809 1 Unit Full Year
Second Subject

Choose modules to the value of 1 unit from the syllabus of the second subject.

2nd Year- Year Abroad

For more information on the year abroad in Korea, please see the Teaching & Learning tab.

3rd Year
Compulsory Language Modules

Choose at least 1 unit of Korean Language modules from the list below.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Mixed Script Korean 155900844 1 Unit Full Year
Composition in Korean 155900722 0.5 Unit Term 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 0.5 Unit Term 2
Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean 155901392 1 Unit Full Year
Other Subject

The remaining units are taken from the other subject as required. Students may also choose to take Korean modules from the list of Korean Course Options (Years 3 and 4) below or up to 1 open option unit, as long as this fits with the requirements for the other half or their degree.

4th Year
Compulsory Language Module

Choose modules to the value of one unit of Korean language modules from the following list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Readings in Korean Literature 155901385 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Readings in Modern Korean 155900968 1 Unit Full Year
Korean-English-Korean Translation 155901276 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Composition in Korean 155900722 0.5 Unit Term 1
Korean Conversation 155900915 0.5 Unit Term 2
Other Subject

The remaining units are taken from the other subject as required. Students may also choose to take Korean modules from the list of Korean Course Options (Years 3 and 4) below or up to 1 open option unit, as long as this fits with the requirements for the other half or their degree.

Korean Module Options (Year 3 and 4)

In addition to the Korean language course listed above, students may also take the following modules as long it fits with the requirements for the other half of their degree.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 0.5 Unit Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in 20th Century Korean Literature 155901390 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 0.5 Unit Term 2
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 0.5 Unit Term 1
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 1 Unit Full Year
Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture 155900676 0.5 Unit Term 1
History and Structure of the Korean Language 155901272 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture 155900795 1 Unit Full Year
Modules taught in other Departments, which count as Korean units

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 0.5 Unit Term 1
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 0.5 Unit Term 2

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Compulsory Language Year Abroad in Korea

Students will be required to enrol in the Korean Regular Course each term for three terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter sessions), fulfil coursework requirements and sit the local examinations at the Korean partner university. Students will also be required to write and submit a Year Abroad Project (an essay of approximately 5,000~10,000 words) upon their return, but no later than 1 September. The project can be on any topic related to Korea, and students can consult different subject tutors for reading suggestions and advice if so required.

(NB: BA Chinese/Japanese and Korean students spend their year abroad in China and Japan respectively, not in Korea.)

Teaching & Learning

Department Teaching Quality Assessment Score: 23/24
Research Assessment Exercise Score: 5

Most units are taught in small classes. Modern language teaching involves classroom work and independent study. A few non-language units are taught by formal lecture. The single and combined degree courses are examined through oral and written examinations and coursework or reports.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,387.50 £8,288
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


As a graduate who specialised in Korean, 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.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the region, or to make comparative study with other areas. The study of Korean may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant  departmental page.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

The best thing about my time here is that there has been a huge improvement in my language skills and I have become more aware of people from various backgrounds. 

Alice Yuen


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