Asian Studies

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).

Why take Korean Studies in Edinburgh?

Photo of a Korean temple
Image © Benjamin Petit

The Korean peninsula lies at the centre of landmark geopolitical developments in the early 21st century, with an understanding of the two Koreas crucial to making sense of key processes in global security, economics, society and politics.

Our three postgraduate Korean Studies programmes are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically engage with these developments, to draw regional and historical comparisons, and to succeed in a competitive job market, in academia and beyond.

Study with us and you’ll join an international community of learners in a thriving Asian Studies department, with a unique combination of disciplinary expertise in Japanese, Chinese, Korean Studies and East Asian Relations. You'll benefit from our track record in interdisciplinary approaches to area studies, including historical and cultural analysis, as well as expertise in political science, international relations, and political economy.

We have a great programme of cultural events that promote and engage Korean Studies across the University of Edinburgh and wider community, and the city itself has lots to offer, from the Korean Film Festival (supported by us), to Korean participation in the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Academically, the University maintains strong networks in Korean Studies, ranging from Korea Foundation support for the University Library's Korea Collection, to an annual symposium held in honour of Yun Posun, an Edinburgh alumnus and eventual second president of the Republic of Korea, which brings together leading scholars from South Korea, Europe, and beyond.

What can I study?

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

Are you currently studying with us?

There’s lots more information on our pages for continuing postgraduate students.

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