Asian Studies

Where might Japanese take you?

Explore career opportunities for graduates in Japanese.

With over 128 million native speakers, Japanese is one of the world’s most commonly used languages. A cultural treasure-trove, the country is also a major global power.

The skills you’ll develop on our Japanese degree programmes, from speaking to translating the language, analysing key sources and understanding cultural nuances, will give you the edge in a range of careers, both in Japan and closer to home, where links with East Asia are growing. You do not need to be based in the region to use your degree in a related career.

We are one of the Russell Group’s top two universities for student employability in Asian Studies (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, published 2018). Our graduates have used their degrees working as translators, interpreters and teachers, in areas such as finance, investment and law, and in sectors as diverse as publishing and management consultancy.

There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level, with the fourth undergraduate year in particular developing the research skills you’ll need if you choose this path. Our options include research programmes in Japanese, and a taught masters programme in East Asian Relations.

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Postgraduate study in Asian Studies