Asian Studies

Korean Studies

Explore one of the most dynamic countries in East Asia and gain a unique vantage point on crucial topics of relevance across the Northeast Asian region and the globe.

Postgraduate study

Take one of the three postgraduate programmes in Korean Studies, choosing either a taught (MSc) or research-led (MSc by Research) Masters, or doctoral study (PhD).

News and events

Find out what's on in Korean Studies and read about the experiences of our students, staff and alumni.

Learn the Korean language at Edinburgh

Korean is one of 14 one-semester foundation language courses open to all students at the University of Edinburgh. These foundation courses are free, whether taken as part of a degree, or above and beyond degree requirements (extra credit). They are SCQF level 07 and, if taken as part of a degree, are worth 20 credits each. You’ll receive 40-44 hours of tuition through the semester, with two two-hour classes per week. Foundation 1 is for absolute beginners who have no previous knowledge of the language. Foundation 2 is for students with some previous knowledge.

Find out more about Open Languages Courses

Staff expertise

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Youngmi (l) and Holly (r) with Korean Studies students

We have excellent teaching and research expertise in Korean Studies and, more widely, in Asian Studies.

Specialists include Dr Youngmi Kim, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for our masters programmes in Korean Studies, and Dr Holly Stephens, Lecturer in Japanese and Korean Studies.

Together, Youngmi and Holly's research and teaching interests range from the history and culture of the Korean Peninsula, to comparative politics, international relations, political economy, and socio-economic inequalities.

Colleagues in Asian Studies' expertise is, again, wide-ranging and we have a strong track record in interdisciplinary approaches.

Browse our Asian Studies staff profiles

Meet our Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow / Visiting Scholar 

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We are delighted to welcome Dr Gabor Sebo to Korean Studies at Edinburgh as our Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow / Visiting Scholar for the 2019/20 academic year.

Originally from Hungary, Gabor obtained his PhD from the Department of North Korean Studies at the Korea University, South Korea in 2018. His research examines the unorthodox cinematic approach of the South Korean film director, Shin Sang-ok, brought into the politically dominated film trajectory of North Korea between 1983 and 1986.

Gabor is the author of a number of publications and conference papers on the topic of North Korean cinema.

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