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.

We are delighted to be funded as the Scottish Centre for Korean Studies from June 2019 until May 2022.

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.

Edinburgh Forum on Korea

Check out our new online forum featuring short, peer-reviewed research and policy-oriented articles on Korea and neighbouring countries. We cover current affairs, politics, international relations, urban transformation, innovation, society and culture.

Take me to the Edinburgh Forum on Korea

Staff expertise

 

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.

In 2019/20, we hosted Dr Gabor Sebo as our Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow / Visiting Scholar while he worked on his first manuscript on North Korean cinema.

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 Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Dr Sangpil Jin (Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies).

We are delighted to welcome Dr Sangpil Jin to Korean Studies at Edinburgh as our Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies for the 2020/21 academic year.

Sangpil Jin specializes in modern Korean history, diplomatic history, imperial history, and international relations of East Asia. He obtained a PhD in Korean Studies at the School of Oriental Studies, the University of London and his works have appeared on various publications such as Acta Koreana, The International History Review and Diplomacy & Statecraft. In addition, his monograph on the neutralisation of Korea will be soon published by the University of Hawaii Press.

 

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