Technology leader, economic giant and cultural powerhouse, Japan is a fascinating country and an important player in the international community. This degree will allow you to develop language skills in Japanese while gaining an insight into the complex culture, history and politics of Japan and the wider Asia Pacific region.
Core modules will build your written and spoken language skills and introduce you to the modern history of the Asia Pacific region. Then you'll choose from a variety of optional modules to gain a better understanding of life in Japan and the Asia Pacific, from East Asian religions to Japanese cinema, Korean politics and the role of women in Chinese society. You'll even spend a year studying at a Japanese university to immerse yourself in local culture.
Great facilities and expert tutors will help you make the most of your studies - and you'll gain valuable skills that really appeal to employers.
Leeds is a great place to study languages, with an array of facilities available to students. They include our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
In your first year you'll be introduced to Japanese through intensive language classes - and you'll put that knowledge into context through optional modules exploring Japanese culture and politics, such as A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki or Japan in War and Peace.
You'll also choose from a wide range of Asia Pacific modules, covering topics from Development in South East Asia to Modern China. Then, you'll be able to extend and develop that knowledge at a Japanese university on your residence abroad, giving you plenty of time to refine your language skills.
When you return, you'll have a new perspective to bring to your studies, which will include advanced language skills alongside further modules on Japanese life, covering subjects such as business, environmental change and literature. At the same time, you'll study broader Asia Pacific modules on issues such as Buddhism in Thailand, Chinese visual culture and the impact of globalisation on the rapidly developing South East Asia.
You'll also apply the critical and research skills you have developed to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. A foreign language is preferred.
GCSE: 4/C in a foreign language
This degree gives you proficiency in a major world language, as well as an insight into the fascinating culture of one of the world's fastest-growing regions which is increasingly economically important. These will open doors into a wide range of careers, but you will also develop transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers.
You'll have strong research skills, allowing you to find relevant information from a wide range of sources and draw your own conclusions from what you find. Then you'll be able to present and defend them clearly with your advanced communication skills. Teamwork, adaptability and time management are also among the key qualities you can develop.
As a result, graduates have pursued diverse careers. Many join the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme (JET), which recruits graduates to work in teaching and international relations positions. Others have moved into teaching, overseas aid work, tourism, publishing, broadcasting, PR, translating and interpreting both at home and across China, Japan and Hong Kong.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
After your first year you'll have the chance to follow a year-long course at a partner university in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe or Fuluoka.
It's a great opportunity to boost your language skills and to see how the issues you have studied play out in a Japanese community. It will also demonstrate your independence and adaptability, qualities that employers always seek.
Read more about Residence abroad in East Asian Studies
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