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North Korean Studies

1 Year
September 2023
Campus Taught

Learn about the society, economy, politics and international relations of North Korea with our MA in North Korean Studies.

Why study with us

  • North Korean Studies is the only programme with a sole focus on North Korea outside of the Korean peninsula.
  • You can choose to focus on either the social science research dissertation or project report based on your internship experience or equivalent, through your dissertation module (KO4900).
  • This course provides modules about non-traditional security issues, which will enable you to enter many career paths, including Foreign Ministry, government agencies, journalism related enterprises, international organisations, NGOs and research institutes.

What you'll do

  • The course will provide you with a comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, aid agencies, CSOs/NGOs, and global business through the knowledge gained, not just of North Korea, but of the international relations of East Asia.
  • You will be also able to enhance your expertise and deepen your knowledge in development policy and practice in North Korea, while the programme deals with the approach of divided nations and this is reflected in the course so that you have a better understanding of the Korean Peninsula.
  • The Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP), the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) and the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) will provide various opportunities for you to engage in, for instance, international conferences and roundtable discussions.

Module overview

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


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Future careers

On completion of the MA North Korean Studies, you will be equipped to work in a number of employment sectors dealing with international affairs.

Fees and funding

Full-time£7800 per year
Blended Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year
Blended Full-time£14500 per year
Full-time£8,400 per year
Part-time£933 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

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