Over the past 150 years, Japan has experienced change at a rapid pace but has nevertheless retained its fascinating cultural heritage. On our programme, you will develop the linguistic, intercultural and analytical skills to critically engage with this dynamic society in a truly interdisciplinary way. Our language courses will develop your skills in speaking, listening to, reading and writing Modern Japanese. You can start the language as a complete beginner. You will also learn about Japan's place in East Asia, one of the world's most important and influential regions. Our expertise extends to the languages, histories and cultures of China, Korea and beyond. Why Edinburgh Edinburgh is the only university in Scotland to offer undergraduate honours degrees in Japanese. 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 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
- international relations
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.
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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 of 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. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find 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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English language requirements
|Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
|Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
|Cambridge English Advanced
|Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
|Cambridge English Proficiency
|Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
|ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
|Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Full details of our English language requirements can be found on our website:
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Fees and funding
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