Japan has a rich traditional culture dating back more than 1,500 years and a modern period distinguished for its vigour and variety; traditional and modern culture are studied through Japanese language sources and the work of Western scholars. In the third and fourth years students choose from specialisations ranging from classical literature and art to modern literature, history, politics, and economics.

You do not need to have any prior experience of Japanese in order to apply to study this language at undergraduate level.

The BA in Oriental Studies (Japanese) is a four year course. The course is comprehensive and demanding, comprising intensive work on the written and spoken language through all four years and both general and specialised study of Japanese culture, civilisation and society. The first year is dedicated to intensive work on the Japanese languages and general study of the history and culture of Japan, and East Asia in general. All students spend their second year at Kobe University in Japan for continued extensive language study, combined with some study of civilisation, culture and history. In the third and fourth years the regular language work continues, now including detailed study of the classical Japanese language. Students will also do specialised work, much of it based to some extent on Japanese language material, within subject areas chosen from a wide array of available options, including both classical and modern literature, linguistics, pre-modern and modern history, anthropology, politics, economics, and art.

Japanese with a subsidiary language

It is possible to take Chinese, Korean or Tibetan studies as a subsidiary language for the BA in Oriental Studies (Japanese) degree, which will give you the opportunity to study the subsidiary language to intermediate level.