Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Japanese

Why choose Japanese at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Edinburgh is the only university in Scotland to offer undergraduate honours programmes in Japanese and one of the few in the UK with integrated course offerings on China and Korea. All our programmes include a year abroad studying in Japan.

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 12th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • There's lots going on in our tightly-knit community, from our Japanese Studies peer support group, to film screenings, an Anime Society, and a regular Asian Studies seminar series featuring visiting speakers from around the world.

Study abroad

There is a large body of people here who are willing to widen their horizons – it allows for a very intellectually engaging experience.

Josh Croall 4th year MA (Hons) Japanese
Josh Croall 4th year MA (Hons) Japanese

Introducing Japanese

Over the past 150 years, Japan has experienced change at breakneck pace, but has nevertheless retained its fascinating cultural heritage. Study with us and you will develop the linguistic and analytical skills to engage critically, and in a truly interdisciplinary way, with this dynamic society - as well as understanding its place in East Asia, now one of the world's most important and influential regions.

We specialise in teaching students with little or no prior knowledge of Japanese. You can take Japanese as a single honours programme, or jointly with Linguistics or International Business.

Helping you bridge the gap between school and university learning, we introduce skills and knowledge step-by-step, encouraging you to see the connections between language, history, politics, culture and international relations. Language classes are active, innovative, inclusive, and always informed by the best practice in the field.

We have received Edinburgh University Students' Association awards for innovative teaching, use of student feedback, and overall course excellence. Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's central area in a world-leading festival city bursting with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections, including the University’s East Asian Studies Collection, of which over 5,000 holdings are in Japanese.

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