Getting a Masters Degree in Japanese Studies through Distance Learning
To be eligible for this program, students must demonstrate an excellent command of the Japanese language. This should place them at or around a Level 2 of the Japan Foundation Japanese Proficiency Test.
Students interested in going for a master's degree in Japanese studies should carefully research universities offering this program. It is important to make sure that the universities under consideration are accredited by the proper regional or national accreditation authorities. Visit the university websites to get information on eligibility criteria, admission requirements, tuition fees and financial assistance. Find out about the courses offered, the professors conducting the courses and the course schedules.
Since this is a distance learning program and is likely to be conducted solely online, find out about computer requirements and if you need to get any special software. You may need to install Japanese fonts if your computer doesn't already have those. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork and send in your admission application well before the stipulated deadline.
Here are some British universities offering a master's degree in Japanese studies through distance learning:
- The University of Sheffield
- The University of Edinburgh
To be eligible for the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Japanese Studies program, students require a first class or an upper second class degree. If you are an overseas student, TOEFL and IELTS qualifications of a high order are necessary. There are two compulsory modules and a number of optional ones. Students learn about the Japanese language, literature, history, business, politics and society.
A dissertation is required. Students are regularly assessed via assignments and essays. Learners can avail themselves of audio-video materials, texts and online lessons. Some periods of residential learning are required both in Japan and in Sheffield. Students can keep in contact with their tutors via email.
Tuitions fees for UK/EU students are 3,390 pounds sterling and for non UK/EU students are 12,100 pounds sterling.
To be eligible for the University of Edinburgh’s Japanese Studies program, you require an honors degree and a competent knowledge of Japanese. This master's degree program will enhance Japanese linguistic skills, critical thinking and research skills, as well as thoroughly imbibe students with the culture and literary tradition of Japan. Students are expected to write a dissertation. Tuition fees vary for UK/EU and non UK/EU students, 4,850 pounds sterling for the former and 11,250 pounds sterling for the latter.