Japanese is a major global language spoken in one of the world's biggest economies. This varied and dynamic degree will allow you to learn Japanese from scratch while gaining an in-depth understanding of how language works - how it's structured, the way it's used and how we interpret it.
Core modules will introduce you to the principles and concepts of linguistics, as well as developing your language skills. You'll also study phonetics, gaining an understanding of the physical production and perception of speech sounds. But we also offer a wide range of optional modules, from Japanese literature and international relations to cultures and traditions across East Asia, as well as language acquisition, psycholinguistics and discourse analysis.
We teach Japanese from beginners' level - the course is for non-native speakers of the language only, but if you have some prior knowledge (post-GCSE/A-level or equivalent to JLPT N4) we can accommodate your needs.
Leeds has some fantastic resources for the study of linguistics, phonetics and languages. We have a recording studio and fully-equipped phonetics lab for acoustic and articulatory speech analysis, as well as a linguistics lab including eye-tracking equipment and other resources to help with experimental research. We encourage all of our students to make use of these facilities for module projects or dissertations, giving you valuable experience of different types of research.
Our fully-equipped Language Centre houses digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). There's also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources. Interpreter Training Suites offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
This course is for non-native speakers of Japanese only. You'll begin your first year with intensive language classes to develop your spoken and written Japanese, as well as core modules introducing you to key concepts in linguistics. You'll also take one of our Cornerstone modules to draw your two subjects together, and choose from optional modules on Japanese and East Asian history and culture.
Equipped with this knowledge, you'll study at a Japanese university in your second year, to improve your language skills and gain first-hand experience of the nation's culture. It will offer you a new perspective and valuable experience to inform your studies over the next two years.
When you return, advanced language classes will refine and develop your Japanese skills, and core modules will cover important areas of linguistics such as syntax. You'll also choose from a wide range of optional modules in each subject, from Buddhism to Sino-Japanese relations and psycholinguistics to language change and death. You'll also apply the analytical skills you've acquired to an independent research project in your final year.
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
A-level: AAB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
GCSE: 4/C in a foreign language.
A Joint Honours degree in Japanese and Linguistics will equip you with fluency in a major world language, as well as an in-depth understanding of human communication. While each of these will open doors to a range of careers, you'll also have a wide range of transferable skills that are highly sought by employers.
Because linguistics spans arts and sciences, you'll be confident in analysing quantitative and qualitative data, as well as using technology to solve problems. You'll have communication, research and analytical skills, while you'll be comfortable working independently or in a team. You'll also have the organisational skills needed to manage two different subjects.
Graduates have gone into a range of careers including education, journalism, law, advertising and marketing, business and finance, publishing and the civil service. Others have pursued postgraduate study or specialised training in fields such as translation, interpreting or speech and language therapy.
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.
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Study abroad and work placements
After your first year, you'll get the chance to spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in Japan spread across Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Fukuoka.
It offers you invaluable experience of Japanese life and culture, and the intensive language classes you'll undertake will help you develop your language skills. You'll also get the chance to study a variety of subjects such as history and politics, but the curriculum varies between universities. Of course, there will also be plenty of time for you to travel and explore everything that Japan has to offer.
Read more about Residence abroad in East Asian Studies