International Institute of Korean Studies

The International Institute of Korean Studies UCLan (IKSU) is UCLan's multidisciplinary hub of research, teaching and public policy, leading the way in the study of the two Koreas.

About us

IKSU was established in 2014 as a multidisciplinary hub of research, teaching and public policy in the study of contemporary Korea. IKSU brings together university wide research expertise on global Korea in the context of language, development, political economy, society and culture, anthropological discourse, and international relations surrounding both Koreas. 

IKSU is nestled under the Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP) and the Institute of Area Studies and Migration Studies (AMIS) at the University of Central Lancashire.

For possible PhD supervisions, please find more information by visiting the Academic Expertise section below.


North Korean Studies, MA

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

For inquiries about PhD programme in Korean Studies, contact Dr Sojin Lim

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We offer several different scholarships at postgraduate level for both taught courses, and research degrees. For more details, see our scholarship listings:

For more details, please contact Dr Sojin Lim.

Previous activities and events

For more information on activities and events preceding 2019, please contact us by email.

Annual conference

Summer School 

IKSU Korean Literature Translation Seminar Series

Based on the ‘Korean Literature Translation Workshop Grant’ provided by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea), IKSU provides Korean literature translation seminar series.

Korea Corner

Korea Corner is a Korean cultural space, which has over 4,000 books and DVDs on both South and North Koreas, in English and Korean, along with some Korean artefacts. The space is funded by the Korea Foundation, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United Kingdom.

Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)

UCLan is an official TOPIK test venue. In the UK, you can take TOPIK tests twice a year. For more information, visit the TOPIK website. For inquiries, please contact Ms Seungkyung Kim.

Current PhD students

Honorary professors and doctorates

Our partners

IKSU and UCLan have established a network of cooperation with strategic partner institutions in South Korea. International partnerships allow IKSU students to make the most of their studies, experiencing life and culture in South Korea. At the same time, Korean students are welcome in the UK, to spend a semester or summer abroad. 

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Academeic expertise


The International Institute of Korean Studies
Adelphi Building 149
University of Central Lancashire

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 4511