Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Japanese

Why choose Japanese at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 17th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Offering 16 languages and a wide range of joint programmes, we’re passionate about enabling choice and broadening minds through flexible, four-year study of languages and cultures from around the globe.

  • 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.

  • Japanese at the University achieved 100 per cent student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.

  • You’ll be based at the heart of the University in a global festival city. Consistently voted the 'most liveable' city in Britain, Edinburgh has a thriving East Asian cultural scene. We believe there is no better place to study Japan than a city so rich in its own historic architecture, literature, arts, and philosophy.

  • Around campus you’ll find the very best libraries, language learning facilities, and collections, including the University’s East Asian Studies Collection which has more than 5,000 Japanese language titles.

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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 3rd year MA (Hons) Japanese
Josh Croall 3rd 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’ll 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.

With Edinburgh University Students’ Association awards for innovative teaching, use of student feedback, and overall course excellence, we pride ourselves on learning that is innovative, inclusive, and led by cutting edge research. There’s lots going on in our tightly-knit community of scholars in all aspects of Asian studies, from film screenings and an Anime Society, to a regular seminar series featuring visiting speakers from around the world.

We offer a comprehensive and rigorous Japanese language programme, coupled with diverse Japanese studies options taught by international experts. You will receive extensive methods training that will help bridge the gap between school and university learning, and spend a year at one of our many partner institutions in Japan.

You’ll be introduced to kana writing (the Japanese phonetic writing), kanji and translation, and choose from courses on Japanese and East Asian society, history, philosophy, and culture (including literature, art and film), from the earliest times to the present day.

Native speakers

Please note that our Japanese programmes involve beginners' language study and are not suitable for native or near-native speakers.

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