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Japanese papers offered at undergraduate level emphasise language acquisition and introduce Japanese culture through a variety of media, including literature, films and videos.

The Japanese section of the Department of Languages and Cultures offers a full Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme, and various postgraduate options in Japanese.

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See the full list of Japanese (JAPA) papers.

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Programme requirements

Diploma in Language (DipLang) endorsed in Japanese

Seven of:

Students admitted directly to papers at 200- or 300-level must replace their prerequisites with other papers in the subject concerned

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Japanese

Level Papers Points

JAPA 131  Introductory Japanese 1

JAPA 132  Introductory Japanese 2

One of ASIA 101, GLBL 101, LING 111





JAPA 231  Intermediate Japanese

JAPA 233  Business and Professional Japanese

One of JAPA 242, JAPA 243, JAPA 244, ASIA 201, GLBL 201, GLBL 202





JAPA 331  Advanced Japanese 1

JAPA 332  Advanced Japanese 2

Two of JAPA 334, JAPA 342, JAPA 343, JAPA 344, JAPA 351, ASIA 301, GLBL 301, GLBL 302

Note: Students with previous knowledge of Japanese will be placed in JAPA papers appropriate to their level. Students placed in 200- or 300-level language papers will still have to pass approved papers worth 180 points in order to major in Japanese.





198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Japanese


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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Japanese

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Japanese is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Japanese

  • JAPA 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • either
    JAPA 441 Advanced Topics in Japanese
    JAPA 451 Studies in Japanese
    JAPA 452 Studies in Japanese 2
  • or
    JAPA 441 Advanced Topics in Japanese
    and two other approved 400-level papers

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Japanese

  • Thesis: JAPA 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Japanese or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Japanese must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Japanese prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Minor subject requirements

Japanese as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Papers Points

Five JAPA papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one at 300-level.


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