Over the past 150 years, Japan has experienced change at breakneck pace, but has nevertheless retained its fascinating cultural heritage. Study with us and you will develop the linguistic and analytical skills to engage critically, and in a truly interdisciplinary way, with this dynamic society – as well as understanding its place in East Asia, now one of the world’s most important and influential regions. Edinburgh is the only university in Scotland to offer undergraduate honours degrees in Japanese and our programme has been carefully designed around the goal of making you an expert on Japan. It introduces skills and knowledge step-by-step, and we encourage you to see the connections between language, history, politics, culture and international relations at every stage. By the end of the programme you will have demonstrated your expertise through your dissertation, which will draw upon four years of rigorous Japanese Studies training. You will also have had the opportunity to study other subjects from a wide range offered by the University of Edinburgh and to spend a year studying in Japan. Research-led options Our research spans a wide range of Japanese Studies fields, including pre-modern and modern history, politics, international relations, religion, theatre, cinema, linguistics, and literature. Our range of Japanese Studies option courses reflects this diversity, which means you will be able to choose a path through your programme that suits you. Teaching excellence We consistently receive excellent feedback from students in Japanese. Our courses are mostly taught in seminars and tutorials, so you will have plenty of opportunity to contribute to class discussion and receive feedback on your progress. Language classes are active, innovative, inclusive, and always informed by the best practice in the field. Our final year students regularly pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test at N2 and N1 level.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Standard Qualification Requirements
Please note that the Japanese degrees involve beginners language study and are not suitable for native or near-native speakers. For degrees that have a subject requirement for a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable. Full, detailed entry requirements including English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.
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Minimum Qualification Requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.