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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.

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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
  • History, Politics and International Relations of North Korea
  • Economy and Society in North Korea
  • Development in Fragile States and Accountable Institutions
  • Divided Nations: Disputes, Violence and Conflict


Three modules out of the following modules, or with the remainder from the Optional I 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
  • Cultural and Creative Industries in East Asia

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.

10 MA Scholarships in North Korean Studies

The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is offering 10 MA scholarships in North Korean Studies. We seek highly motivated students who have excellent academic grades at undergraduate level and who are committed to high quality critical study of North Korea.

Applications are open to students of any nationality, but the scholarship is for the full value of UK tuition fees (£6900). Non-UK fee paying students will receive a partial fee waiver to the value of UK tuition fees. Successful candidates will be expected to work with our academics as research assistants.

IKSU was established in 2014 as a multidisciplinary hub of research, teaching and public policy in the study of contemporary Korea. IKSU is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan, bringing together university wide research expertise on global Korea in the context of development, political economy, anthropological discourse, society and culture, language, and international relations surrounding both Koreas..

This scholarship opportunity is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Closing date for receipt of applications: 19th July 2020

Applications should be made to Dr Sojin Lim (slim4@uclan.ac.uk) and they should include: 

  • A full Curriculum Vitae
  • A short supporting statement (maximum 300 words)
  • The grades achieved in your undergraduate degree
  • A short dissertation proposal (maximum 250 words), including your research question and how the research relates to existing academic literature

Although Korean language ability would be an advantage, we welcome applications from all. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide confirmation of their degree results by 31st July 2020, via UCLan’s online application process for verifying degrees and grades. Successful candidates must have at least an upper second class degree (or equivalent).

Shortlisted candidates will be informed no later than 27th July 2020.

Please contact Dr Sojin Lim, Co-Director of IKSU (slim4@uclan.ac.uk) for further information.


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 Humanities, 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.


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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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