University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Korean Studies

The Korean peninsula lies at the centre of key geopolitical developments in the early 21st century. North Korea's nuclear weapons programme and tensions between the two Koreas serve as stark reminders of how fragile regional and global orders are. South Korea has become a major global economic player and an important actor in development assistance. Additionally, Korean culture (including pop culture) has surged to global popularity over the past decade, being exported across the globe. Understanding Korean culture, history and current political and economic developments, and international relations is therefore crucial to make sense of key processes in global security, economy and politics, in Asia and beyond. The MSc by Research in Korean studies is designed to equip you with the knowledge and the skills to critically engage with these developments through recognised Masters-level training in both Korean studies and East Asian studies with a focus on history, society, the economy, urban studies and public policies, political science, and international Relations. Additionally, the programme equips you with the methodological skills required to carry out independent research. You will receive introductory training in both quantitative and qualitative methods, with the opportunity to receive additional, more advanced training. This methodological focus, combined with strong country and regional expertise and a multi-disciplinary training will be of particular interest to you if you are considering this postgraduate degree as a pathway to further research degrees. The unique combination of Korean, East Asian and disciplinary expertise will enable you to acquire both in-depth knowledge about the Korean peninsula and the analytical skills to make connections between the Korean experience and other countries in the region and beyond. The programme will introduce a variety of innovative assignments so that you will be able to draw on your interests and talents. The various assignments include video-essays, podcasts, blogs, Wikipedia entries, policy briefs and reviewing articles or editorials. During the induction week, you will have various seminar and workshops where you will be familiarised with new assignments and their requirements. Active participation among students and between students and instructor will be encouraged not only in the traditional classroom format but also online, such as through collective lecture note taking and in group forum on Learn.

Entry requirements

MSc (Res): Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University's language requirements.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Central area campus EH8 9JZ Scotland

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