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University Name
University of Leeds

Vice Chancellor

Professor Michael Arthur

School responsible for Japanese

School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Department of East Asian Studies

Head of School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Professor Mark Williams

Head of Department of East Asian Studies

Dr Caroline Rose

Person responsible for Japanese

Dr Caroline Rose, Head of Japanese

Japanese first offered

1982 as an option
1990 as a degree

RAE Score

5 (2001)

TQA Score


External Examiners

Dr Hugo Dobson (University of Sheffield)
Dr Jurgen Haacke (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Student Numbers


- In 2005/2006, 7 students graduated in Single Honours
Japanese and 10 students in Joint Honours Japanese.
- In 2006/2007, a total of 56 students are studying Single Honours Japanese and 75 Joint Honours Japanese (across all years). In addition, 144 students are studying an accredited Japan-related elective module, giving a total of 275 students studying Japan-related modules for credit.


East Asian Studies

-In 2005/06, no students graduated with a Japan-related MA. However, a number of students did take Japan-related modules (see table on student numbers for further details).
-In 2006/07, 1 student is studying MA in Japanese Studies and 2 students are studying MA in Japanese Business (the latter is a new MA programme introduced this year).

Centre for Translation Studies

-In 2005/06, 7 students graduated with MA Applied Translation Studies: Japanese, 7 with MA Interpreting and Translation Studies: Japanese, and 1 with MA Screen Translation Studies: Japanese.
-In 2006-2007, 1 student is enrolled on each of the following programmes: MA Interpreting and Translation Studies, MA Screen Translation Studies, MA Applied Translation Studies, PG Diploma Conference Interpreting for Japanese.

Courses offered Undergraduate

Arabic and Japanese
Asia Pacific Studies and Japanese
Chinese and Japanese
Cultural Studies and Japanese
Economics and Japanese
English and Japanese
French and Japanese
German and Japanese
International Development and Japanese
International Relations and Japanese
Italian and Japanese
Japanese and Linguistics
Japanese and Management
Japanese and Philosophy
Japanese and Russian
Japanese and Russian Civilisation
Japanese and South East Asian Studies
Japanese and Spanish


East Asian Studies

MA Japanese Studies
MA Japanese Business

In addition, Japan-related modules are compulsory or offered as electives on the following programmes:

- MA Asia Pacific Studies
- MA Chinese Studies
- MA East Asian Regional Development
- MA South East Asian Studies
- MA Mongolian Studies
- MA Chinese and Business
- MA Chinese Business and the Asia Pacific
- Online MA in Asia Pacific Studies

Entry Requirement Undergraduate

Generally at least BBB at A2 Level (or equivalent) and a GCSE foreign language (or equivalent). Grades and subjects required/excluded vary according to individual programme. In some cases, higher grades are required.


East Asian Studies
Generally, MA applicants are required to have a 2:1 degree, although those with substantial relevant experience and the capability to study at MA level will also be considered.

Centre for Translation Studies
A good first degree (UK Honours degree 2:1 or above, or the equivalent) and an excellent command of foreign languages. Exceptionally, candidates with equivalent qualifications or experience will be considered. All candidates must pass an entry test in translation from one or two languages. In addition, applicants for any of the interpreting programmes will also need to attend an interview to assess their suitability for interpreting training. Non-native speakers of English will need to demonstrate advanced proficiency in English (eg TOEFL, IELTS)

Teacher/Student ratio

1:40 maximum; 1:6 minimum
Seven full-time members of staff are wholly or partly devoted to teaching Japanese Language and Studies.

Address University of Leeds
Telephone 0113 343 3461 Fax 0113 343 6741 School E-mail address chiadmin@leeds.ac.uk Website http://www.leeds.ac.uk/