North Korean Studies MA

North Korean Studies MA

School of Language and Global Studies


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    Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years

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Why study this programme?

This MA embeds a graduate introduction to social science philosophies and methods in the study of North Korea, one of the least well understood countries on the planet. It is founded on the development of critical analysis of relevant materials whilst also giving students the opportunity to study how North Korea can achieve change and development in the context of fragile states. This course is designed so that on completion, the student will have studied relevant subjects necessary for preparation of doctoral research.

The MA North Korean Studies programme, provides you with the opportunity to work for the UN organisations as an intern.We also provide various activities which can develop the skills required for career development as a junior expert in North Korean Studies. During your studies as MA North Korean Studies student, you can take basic, intermediate and advanced language classes in Korean. Please visit our Applied Languages webpage for more details.

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Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree at Upper Second or above. For non-native English speakers IELTS at 7.0 or equivalent.


Programme at a Glance


  • North Korean Studies Dissertation


Please note: the information provided in the MA course handbook and website is accurate at the time of first disclosure. However, module offers in each academic year remain subject to change, for reasons including, but not limited to, staff availability and student numbers.



Minimum of three of the following modules:

  • Explaining Inter-Korean Relations
  • North Korea: History, Politics and International Relations
  • North Korea: Economics and Society
  • Development in Fragile States and Accountable Institutions
  • Divided Nations: Disputes, Violence and Conflict


Minimum of three of the following modules:

  • China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Relations
  • Globalisation and Economic Development in the Asia Pacific
  • Historical Transformation in the Asia Pacific
  • Political Changes and Social Movements in the Asia Pacific
  • East Asian Philosophy and Thought
  • Critical East Asian Cinema Studies
  • Theory of Interpreting and Translation
  • Professional Business Skills
  • Diplomatic Service & International Organisations

Further Information


The course will provide students with a comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global business, while allowing them to develop knowledge and expertise in many facets of East Asia.  Students will develop knowledge and expertise not just on North Korea, but also in the international relations of East Asia, which, although is a major force in the world economy, contains some of the globe’s most pressing security problems; the most important of which is, arguably, North Korea’s nuclear programme.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Asia Pacific Institute in the School of Language & Global Studies is looking for talented students who are interested in our MA North Korean Studies course. The successful applicant will receive a full tuition fee waiver.

Find out more about the scholarship here

To apply, please send an email including your undergraduate transcript (or predicted grade from appropriate referee), your 500-word plan for the MA dissertation and the name of at least one referee, to Dr Sojin Lim ( The title of the email should be “MA Scholarship NKS delete as appropriate your full name”.

Application deadline: 8 July 2019


The MA North Korean Studies is taught within the Asia Pacific Studies team, which includes scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including History, Development Studies, International Relations and Gender Studies who have all published widely on the Asia Pacific area, particularly with regard to Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.

As a student at the School of Language and Global Studies, you will have access to a number of facilities that create an active and stimulating learning environment. Language learning facilities include two dedicated Brähler interpreting suites which provide state-of-the-art learning opportunities.

How to Apply

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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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