BA Korean (combined)

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

From the study of pre-modern Korean literature and history to contemporary Korean cinema and TV. The BA Korean Combined Honours Degree provides students with the highest level of competence in all aspects of the written and spoken language, as well as an introduction to both classical and modern Korean culture, and is suitable for both absolute beginners as well as those with some knowledge of the Korean language.

Students will spend the second year of study in Korea furthering language proficiency and understanding of the local business practices and culture. Additionally, the nature of the Combined Honours Degree will allow you to create a specialist niche for yourself by studying another subject. All students will spend year two in South Korea at Korea University or Sogang University.

May be combined with:

  • Chinese Studies,
  • Development Studies, TL49 BA/KODVS
  • Economics, LTCL BA/KOEC
  • English, QT32
  • History, TVL1 BA/KOH
  • History of Art/Archaeology, VT34 BA/HAAK
  • International Relations, LT24 BA/IRK
  • Japanese Studies, TT42
  • Law, MTDL BA/LWKO
  • Linguistics, QTCJ BA/KOLG
  • Music, TWLJ BA/MSKO
  • Politics, LTFL BA/POLKO
  • Social Anthropology, LTPL BA/SAKO
  • Study of Religions, TVLP BA/SRKO
  • World Philosophies, T431

Why SOAS?

  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia.
  • We are specialists in the delivery of more than forty African and Asian languages. Your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities.
  • You will not only learn essential language skills but also an in-depth understanding of the region’s culture.

Employment

Studying this programme will provide students with competency in Korean language skills as well as intercultural awareness and understanding. 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 Japan, or to make a comparative study with other areas.

Skills gained include:

  • a familiarity with the region through a combination of the study of language and culture,
  • communication and presentation skills,
  • analytical skills,
  • the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Graduates from the Department leave SOAS not only with language 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.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Bloomberg L.P
  • British High Commission
  • British Council Seoul
  • Deloitte Management Consulting Ltd.
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Korea Trade Organisation
  • Korea Broadcasting Corporation
  • Oxford University
  • The British Embassy
  • The British Museum
  • Wall Street Associates

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Head of Production
  • US Marketing Executive
  • Senior Research Executive
  • Director of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Project Leader, Strategic Planning
  • Solicitor
  • Architect
  • Interactive Designer
  • Freelance Korean Translator

Structure

Students take 120 credits per year. Throughout the 4-years students need to take a minimum of 240 credits in Korean modules, and 150 credits in their other subjects. 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 abroad in Korea, 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.

Year 1 (students with no previous knowledge of Korean)

Students with no previous knowledge of Korean take the following modules in their first year:

Core Module

  • K100: Elementary Korean

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 1 (students with previous knowledge of Korean)

Students with previous knowledge of Korean will instead take the following modules:

  • K100: Accelerated Elementary Korean
  • Modern Korea: Culture and Society

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 2 - Year Abroad

Year 3

Compulsory Module

Choose a module(s) from List A at Level K300 below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from List A (at Level K300) or List B below to the value of 30 credits

and

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 4

Compulsory Module

Choose a module(s) from List A at Level K400 below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from List A (at Level K300 or K400) or List B below to the value of 30 credits

and

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits from the second subject.

List of Modules (subject to availability)

  • List A (Language Modules) Year 3
    • K304: Introduction to Mixed Script Korean
    • K301: Korean Readings
    • K302: Korean Composition
    • K303: Korean Conversation
  • List A (Language Modules) Year 4
    • K401: Advanced Korean Readings
    • K402: Advanced Korean Composition
    • K403: Advanced Korean Conversation
    • K404: Korean-English Translation
    • Readings in Korean Literature
    • Readings in Modern Korean Society
    • History of the Korean Language
    • Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture
  • List B (Non-Language Modules)
    • History of Korea to the late 19th Century
    • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature
    • Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea
    • The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945
    • 1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey
    • Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture
    • Fieldwork methods in language and culture
    • State and Society in Traditional Korea
    • Structure of the Korean Language
    • History and Memory in East Asian Cultures
    • Identity and social relations in Japanese
    • Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey
    • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
    • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora
    • Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

No preliminary knowledge of the language is required but a foreign language at A-level or equivalent is preferred.

  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A-Level, or equivalent, is preferred.
  • A-Levels: AAB - ABB
    A-Level language preferred
    IB: 35 (6/6/5)
  • Interview Policy: Mature students, candidates with non-standard qualifications, Korean nationals, and heritage speakers (i.e., Korean raised abroad) who meet the academic requirements may be invited for interview.

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 5 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

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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