Asia Pacific Studies BA (Hons)

Asia Pacific Studies BA (Hons)

School of Language and Global Studies


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  • Duration:

    Four years full-time (full-year abroad).

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form: BA/APS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Are you interested in studying Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian*? Master specialist language skills whilst gaining an introduction to the culture and environment of your chosen language and country. This degree programme brings together different fields of expertise including language, international business studies and global politics. You’ll study using the latest industry-standard equipment in professional interpreting suites and gain practical experience during your year abroad. No previous knowledge of your chosen language is required, although post A Level routes are offered for Japanese. With Asia Pacific countries playing an important part in modern world economies, you will be set apart from other UK graduates with competencies in these languages. 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112-128 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Access To HE with 112-128 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent and preferred foreign lang at C (or good statement).

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Core Modules

The Shaping of the Asia Pacific Region

In addition to the above core content modules all students must choose a language pathway from Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian.

Chinese Pathway:

  • Chinese Language 1 and Background to China

Japanese Pathway:

  • Japanese Language 1 or Post-A level Japanese Language 1
  • Background to Japan

Korean Pathway:

  • Ab Initio Korean and Background to Korea

Russian Pathway:

  • Ab Initio Russian and Background to Russian Studies

Optional modules:

  • Beginners Chinese Language and Culture (non-Chinese Pathway)
  • Beginners Korean Language and Culture (non-Korean Pathway)
  • Beginners Japanese Language and Culture (non-Japanese Pathway)
  • Beginners Russian Language and Culture (non-Russian Pathway)
  • Basic Chinese Conversation (Chinese Pathway)
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Issues in Sustainability
  • Global Politics
  • Nationalism and Imperialism in Asia: China, India, Japan and Siam 1850-1945
  • Background to China (non-Chinese Pathway)
  • Background to Japan (non-Japanese Pathway)
  • Background to Korea (non-Korean Pathway)
  • Background to Russian Studies (non-Russian Pathway)

Students may also take other free elective modules not listed as part of the optional choices on the above programme


Year 2

Core Modules

Cultural Transformations and cross-cultural encounters in the Asia Pacific

In addition to the above core content modules students on the 4 year programme must choose a language pathway from Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian. Those on the 3 year programme may select modules from the list below in accordance with their stage 1 language choice

Chinese Pathway:

  • Chinese Language 2A
  • Chinese Language 2B
  • Aspects of Chinese Society

Japanese Pathway:

  • Japanese Studies Language 2A
  • Japanese Studies Language 2B


  • Japanese Language 2A
  • Japanese Language 2B


  • Post-A Level Japanese Studies Language 2A
  • Post-A Level Japanese Studies Language 2B

Aspects of Japanese Society or Investigating Japan Project

Korean Pathway:

  • Korean Language 2
  • Structure, Variation and Change in the Korean Language

Russian Pathway:

  • Russian Language 2
  • Contemporary Russian Studies

Optional modules:

  • Intermediate Business Chinese Conversation (Chinese pathway only)
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Cold War in Asia: History, Conflict and Society 1945-89
  • International History of Europe
  • Contemporary Korean Society and Culture
  • Global Environment of Business
  • Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches
  • The Philosophy of Mind
  • Student Initiated Module
  • Introduction to Theory and Practice of Translation (Russian Pathway)

Year 3 

Year abroad

Year 4

Core Modules

  • Development and Change in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Asia Pacific International relations
  • Dissertation
  • Double Dissertation

In addition to the above core content modules students on the 4 year programme must choose a language pathway from Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian. Those on a 3 year programme may select modules from the list below in accordance with their stage 1 language choice

Chinese Pathway:

  • Chinese Language 3 and Understanding Chinese Economy and Society or Japanese Pathway:
  • Japanese Language 3 Japanese Studies – Language Level 3 or
  • Korean Pathway:
  • Korean Language 3


Advanced Korean Language (for students following the three-year pathway)

Russian Pathway:

  • Russian Language
  • Russian Literary Identities

Optional modules:

  • Theory and Practice of Translation (Chinese pathway)
  • Korean Language for Academic Purpose (Korean pathway)
  • Japanese Language and Society (Japanese pathway)
  • Korean for Academic Purposes (Korean pathway
  • Interpreting Japan through Literature and Cultural Readings (Japanese pathway)
  • Techniques and Practice of Interpreting (Chinese pathway)
  • Public Relations for Marketing
  • India, Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1947
  • International Management
  • International Strategic Management
  • Cultural Traditions of Korea
  • Student Initiated Module

Further Information


  • Russian – T301
  • Chinese – T100
  • Japanese – 6D49
  • Korean – 2R49

The Asia Pacific region comprises three of the world's largest economies - China, Japan and South Korea as well as the smaller developing countries of the Association of South East Asia Nations. The region is becoming increasingly important in the world today, yet Asia Pacific Studies are still not widely available at undergraduate level in the UK. Graduates with an understanding of the region and relevant language skills will be in great demand in the future. 

The programme is designed to build up your oral, aural and written competence, combined with a range of modules to give you an all-round knowledge of the language and the country you are studying. Your broad knowledge of the Asia Pacific as a whole will enhance your opportunity to work within and across the region.

In your first year, you will develop your language skills on intensive language programmes designed to build up your oral, aural and written competence. You will not only be introduced to the culture, history and environment of the country of the language studied, but you will also study the Asia Pacific region as a whole, looking at its significance within a global and historical context. In addition, you will choose one from a range of introductory modules in other subjects or disciplines such as international business, global politics and history.

In your second year you will start to build up your fluency in your chosen language in preparation for your study placement. You will be introduced to the principles of intercultural communication and will be able to choose from a range of options related to international business studies, and study of the Asia Pacific region within a social or political science framework.

In Year 3 you can normally choose to go on a study placement in the country where your chosen language is spoken to develop further your language skills. The dissertation in your final year will give you the opportunity to explore in greater depth a particular area of your study.

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Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Sandwich (Optional):

£680 per year (EK / EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Partner Institutions

UCLan enjoys well established links with partners across the far east including, City University of Hong Kong, Ewha University, Seoul and Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka.

Industry Links

We are the only modern university in the North West to have been granted funding for the establishment of the Confucius Institute. Through the Confucius Institute you will be able to participate in extensive extracurricular activities, ranging from weekly tutorials and lectures, Chinese cinema club, Calligraphy and Taiji classes, Chinese Brush Painting, Chinese New Year celebrations, and a guest speaker every month. Additionally we are an official accredited HSK Centre (Chinese Proficiency test) and offer free preparatory classes.

There are also opportunities to attend summer schools at some of our partner institutions. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

The intensive language programmes are all designed to build up your oral, aural and written competence, combined with a range of modules to give you an all-round knowledge of the language and the country you are studying. 

Assessment is by coursework including seminar presentations, essays and in-class tests. There are practical oral tests at chosen points throughout and every year there is an unseen examination for the language modules.


On graduating from this course, you could enter occupations such as translation/interpreting, journalism, travel and tourism, working for international airlines, facilitating business between Asia Pacific and English speaking contacts and working for local governments in promoting Japan, China or South Korea. You could also teach English in Asia Pacific language schools or universities.

Gain practical experience during your year abroad as a part-time language assistant, and in translation and interpreting by assisting local businesses in their dealings with Asia Pacific partners.

You will get lots of opportunities to gain work experience during the year abroad as a part-time language assistant (subject to visa regulations) and through short-term internships offered from the Worldwise Learning Centre. We are also regularly approached by local schools requesting talks from current students about their experiences in order to encourage pupils. You will have the opportunity to engage in fun and cultural activities outside class through our Worldwise Learning Centre, the Japanese Society, the Confucius Institute and the Institute for Korean Studies.

From this academic year we expect to invite a number of successful former graduates to come and talk to current undergraduates about their experiences of the course and how it has provided them with the practical skills needed to gain full-time professional employment. This includes those going on to postgraduate study at high-profile universities, as well as graduates now employed at leading commercial companies, within governmental bodies and by non-governmental/non-profit organisations.

We offer a wide range of postgraduate taught Masters; our programmes include:

We also offer a number of places to students who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD). For more information, please visit Research.

BA Asia Pacific Study News

Special guest at UCLan Japan Bunkasai festival

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has brought a taste of the Far East to Preston after welcoming a special guest from the Japanese Embassy to campus for a celebratory event.

The First Secretary for Education and Sport from the Japanese Embassy, Hiroshi Itakura, came to UCLan for a Japanese cultural festival known as The Second Nihon Bunkasai 2016 to celebrate the University’s vibrant Japanese language and culture community.

Students shared their academic achievements, language skills and knowledge of Japanese culture with Mr Itakura by holding an exhibition with information on the studying abroad programme, Kabuki face painting, performing a play in Japanese, sharing the history of Japanese Pop, mask art and more. Mr Itakura also gave a talk to students on how his country is coping with an increasingly ageing population. He was then treated to a traditional Sōran-bushi performance by the UCLan Japanese Society, J-Soc; one of the Students’ Union’s largest student societies formed mainly by students of Japanese which is the University’s most studied language at degree level.

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You will have access to the Confucius Centre and our state of the art learning centre, where interactive video, satellite TV, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials are available to you on an open access basis. You will study using the latest industry-standard equipment in our professional interpreting suites.

The Worldwise Learning Centre provides access to the latest language-learning and digital technologies including Rosetta Stone. It also offers a varied programme of activities designed to give students global experiences on campus and there are bursaries available to support short trips abroad during your time with us.

All lecturers are experts in their respective fields, and include specialists in language teaching of the target language to non-native speakers, as well as area studies specialists and political scientists specialising in the Asia Pacific region.

The course gives you the chance to specialize within any area of the Asia Pacific regions. You can really shape your course to your own individual interests and strengths.

Rachel Ellen