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The variety of modules offered at Sheffield and the flexibility of our modular degree system allow students to tailor studies to their own needs and career aspiration.
Students can focus on studying about Japan through language and lecture modules, on a single honours degree in Japanese Studies.
Study of Japan and the Japanese language with a major discipline such as Business or Linguistics can be done with a dual honours degree.
Students can opt to take modules in Japanese language or other areas of Japanese Studies.

The ratio of language to non-language modules is about 50/50 in the 1st and 2nd years, and about 20/80 in the final year. The 3rd year is spent abroad.

Study Period Abroad

A crucial part of the four-year courses is the opportunity to spend one year in Japan . Depending on the degree programme, after one or two years of study at Sheffield students go for their year abroad at top-ranking universities in Japan . Sheffield has links with the following universities:

Akita International University
Chuo University
Doshisha University
Hiroshima University
Hosei University
International Christian University *
Kanazawa University
Keio University
Kobe University
Kyoto University *
Kyushu University
Meiji University
Nagoya University
Okayama University
Otaru University of Commerce
Rikkyo University
Seijo University
Sophia University
Yamaguchi University
Yokohama National University
Waseda University


The MA in Advanced Japanese Studies consolidates the Japanese which has already been acquired, and gives strategies for dealing with the complex language of Japanese novels and academic texts, and allows the student to analytically engage with the questions raised in those texts to extend their critical understanding of Japan :

- Why Japan did experience a devastating economic slowdown during the 1990s, and how has this changed the Japanese workplace?
- How and why do contemporary conditions shape memories of the Pacific War?
- How did modern Japanese writers engage with a rapidly changing society?

The MA in Japanese Studies aims to provide students with two streams of language learning: introductory and intermediate. By the end of the introductory course, students will be able to deal with authentic modern Japanese texts with the aid of dictionaries and express themselves with reasonable confidence and fluency on a range of topics in both informal and formal situations. By the end of the intermediate course, students will be able to engage in conversation in Japanese on a broader range of intermediate-level topics, formulate strategies for translating from Japanese texts, consolidate the core grammatical structures of the language, follow the gist of, summarise and extract relevant information from a range of non-technical articles in Japanese broadsheet newspapers, and acquire composition skills in written Japanese, including formal letters and CVs. In addition to these language skills, students can gain a good knowledge of Japanese history, politics, international relations economics, business and management, literature and/or contemporary society.

MSc East Asian Political Economy

This taught in-house Masters degree programme lasts for one year. It draws upon both SEAS's renowned and specialised knowledge of the East Asian region, and individual staff members' grounding in a number of disciplines. It is appropriate for prospective students wanting to either upgrade their existing knowledge of East Asia, effect an intellectual transfer from a related discipline to a more specialised knowledge of East Asia , or acquire a preliminary degree in preparation for subsequent research degree work. By the end of the course the students will have:

-developed a solid knowledge of recent East Asian current affairs;
-been introduced to the major governmental and non-governmental actors in contemporary East Asian political economy;
-gained familiarity with the major policy issues and academic debates on East Asian political economy;
-been introduced to the international relations of two non-Western superpowers: China and Japan ;
-understood how studying East Asian politics and economics can inform our understanding of Western international relations and international political economy;
-been encouraged to think about the methodology necessary to conduct area/regional studies;
-been encouraged to look 'outward' from East Asia, as well as 'inward' to East Asia ;
-acquired language skills in one of the major languages of East Asia : Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

MSc in East Asian Business

Sheffield's unique blend of in-depth analysis of the East Asian business environment and advanced business practice is the proven combination no MBA can match. Key options include functional language training in Chinese, Japanese or Korean, or specialised management options including modules on marketing, corporate finance, human resource management and e-business. We offer a well-tested method to study business which is grounded in conceptual understanding, practical knowledge, and, for those who wish it, East Asian language skills. It is an innovative degree, which will give students the knowledge and theoretical background to join our successful graduates, who are already employed on the cutting edge in various fields of business in Asia and Europe.

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