International Institute of Korean Studies

Upcoming Events and Opportunities


Postgraduate Study at UCLan

We are now accepting applications at our interweaving MA courses: MA Asia Pacific Studies and MA North Korean Studies. Please visit the course webpages for more information.

Upcoming Events

The 8th Annual Korean Screen Cultures Conference (KSCC 2019)

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, UK, is delighted to host the 8th Korean Screen Cultures Conference supported by the Korea Foundation. This builds on the success of previous conferences SOAS, the University of London (2012 & 2013), Sheffield Hallam University (2014), the University of Copenhagen (2015), King’s College (2016), Universität Hamburg (2017), and most recently, the University of Helsinki (2018). The conference aims to critically engage with some of the most important issues that have affected contemporary Korean screen culture.

Dates: Thursday 6th June to Friday 7th June 2019
Key details: Accommodation (Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th June), lunch and refreshments are provided for selected presenters.  Limited transport expenses for postgrad researchers.

Further information and full CFP: Please see the conference webpage.

The KSCC 2019 is supported by the Korea Foundation


The Korean Drama and Korean Television Symposium

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, UK, is excited to invite submissions for the K-Drama and Korean TV Symposium, which is devoted to scholarship on South Korean TV dramas and other TV formats. The symposium aims to critically engage with some of the most important issues related to the production, forms, themes, and global circulation and reception of contemporary Korean television shows, including TV-dramas, reality TV, variety shows, chat shows and comedy, etc. Presenters will be invited to submit chapters to an edited collection that we aim to publish by the end of 2020.

Dates: Wednesday 5th June 2019 9:30 am to 6 pm. (check-in and drama-screening Tuesday 4th June from 5 pm).
Key details: Accommodation (Tuesday 4th June), lunch and refreshments are provided for selected presenters.  Limited transport expenses for postgrad researchers.

Further information and full CFP: Please see the symposium webpage

2018 IKSU Korean Festival

The IKSU Korean Festival is back, running from the 5th November to the 6th November. The Festival is made up of 5 events; the study abroad fair from 10:00am-12pm in AB226, “Life in North Korea” a talk from a Korean defector from 2pm-3pm in ME220, “When Middlesbrough Fell in Love with North Korea” from 3pm-4pm in ME220, talk from Ambassador to the UK from 1pm-2pm in HALT, and a Korean Food Experience making Kimbap from 2:30pm – 6:30pm in AB226

More details.

Each event will be open to both UCLan Students and Public. The Korean Food experience need to be booked in advance with Dr. Sojin Lim ( by the 15th October as only 15 places are available per session.

Session times:

  • Session 1: 2:30-3:20
  • Session 2: 3:30-4:20
  • Session 3: 4:30-5:20
  • Session 4: 5:30-6:20

“The Beauty of Indigenous Power” – Taiwan Poster Exhibition

Coming to UCLan for a second time, an exhibition of the Indigenous Poster Design Competition held by the Shung Ye Museum and the Taiwan Poster Design Association has moved towards its 7th Competition. Showing the award winning pieces out of the original 1,500 student entries from 51 different schools around Taiwan. The Exhibition will be running from the 29th October to the 2nd November, from 9am till 5pm.

Fu-Ning Hsu, winner of the Competition’s Gold Award, will be giving a talk on Monday 29that 4:00pm-7:00pm about her work and the role it has in bringing continuous efforts towards understanding of local cultural diversities and Taiwanese Indigenous Culture.

Group tours can booked in advance with our lead curator by emailing

More details.

International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies

The ‘International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies’ will be held at the UCLan during 25 – 26 June 2018. Prominent academics across the world are coming to the workshop to discuss current state of research for global Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies. There will be a roundtable discussion on the similarities of the two fields and how each can learn from the other, by following the main presentations.

In this workshop, both the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITS) and the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) will be launched as well.

For more details, please make an inquiry to Dr Sojin Lim, Deputy Director of the IKSU (

Linking the Academic Research into Policy and Practice: North Korea and Beyond

The first roundtable series of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) will be held at the UCLan on 2 July 2018. In its first session, participants will talk about the roles of stakeholders in North Korea development, while they will discuss the future directions of Korea Peninsula and beyond in its second session. In session 3, all of the participants will discuss how academic research can have impact in policy and practice.

Participants will be: Mike Cowin (Research Analyst for Korea at UK FCO); John Nilsson-Wright (Senior Research Fellow of Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House); Robert Kelly (Professor at Pusan National University); Virginie Grzelczyk (Senior Lecturer at Aston University); Ed Griffith (Senior Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire); Benedict Rogers (East Asia Team Leader at Christian Solidarity Worldwide); Sebastien Berger (Chief of Seoul Bureau at AFP); Niki Alsford (Director of International Institute of Korean Studies at University of Central Lancashire); and Sojin Lim (Chair of NEPCAP).

If you want to attend the roundtable, please contact Dr Sojin Lim, Chair of the NEPCAP (


Graduate Intern 

UCLan is looking to recruit a Graduate Intern to work at the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP). The only eligibility is that you need to be a UCLan graduate.

Find out more about NEPCAP

Find out more about the opportunity

Closing date is 31st January.

Apply here

TOPIK-Test of Proficiency in Korean at UCLan

This year UCLan will be providing Venue at UCLan for the 63rd TOPIK Exam. Applications can be submitted between 2 - 25 January 2019.

Test date: 20 April 2019
Places of Test:

  • London: Westminster Kingsway College
  • Preston: University of Central Lancashire

Application Period: 2 January – 25 January 2019

More details
Apply here

Lecturer Position in Korean Studies

We are recruiting one lecture in Korean Studies (Social Sciences).

Lecturer is equivalent to Assistant Professor outside UK and Commonwealth countries.

Deadline is 12 August 2018.

More details
Apply here

Lecturer Position in Asia Pacific Studies

We are recruiting two lecturer positions in Asia Pacific Studies. Deadline is 8 July 2018.

More details
Apply here

Associate Lecturer Position in Korean

We are recruiting two associate lecturer positions in Korean. Deadline is 8 July 2018.

More details
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Scholarship Opportunity for MA Asia Pacific Studies or MA North Korean Studies at UCLan

Are you creative, analytical and ambitious?

The School of Language and Global Studies is looking for talented students who are interested in our MA courses in Asia Pacific Studies or North Korean Studies. One applicant will receive a full tuition fee waiver.

This opportunity is open to all current and former UCLan students graduating no later than July 2018 who want to continue their study at MA level with us. The scholarship is open to any nationality but will be given only at the Home/EU student rate.

Please note that this is a competitive scholarship.

Application requirements:

  • A good undergraduate academic performance (minimum 2:1) in any subject
  • Good undergraduate dissertation result (minimum 2:1)
  • A plan for MA dissertation (500 words)

To apply, please send an email including your undergraduate transcript, 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] APS/NKS (delete as appropriate) your full name”.

Application deadline: 9th July 2018

A Post-Doctoral Research Position in Korean Studies at our Partner Institution!

We are pleased to share a Post-Doctoral position opening in Korean Studies at our partner institution, the Oriental Institute (OI) of the Czech Academy of Sciences. More details.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Dr Tana Dluhosova (, Project Coordinator of the Power research platform at the OI.

Great opportunities to be a part of UCLan student delegations in Korean Studies!

We are currently recruiting 2-3 volunteer student coordinators who will work for the Delegations for Dialogue (DFD) on the UCLan campus.

Delegations for Dialogue (DFD) is an NGO that organises travelling symposiums, fact-finding programs and sports & cultural diplomacy missions within important regions, often divided by conflict, with the aim of facilitating dialogue and promoting mutual understanding.

DFD provides future generations of leaders with the opportunity to engage directly with international affairs, particularly with issues related to North and South Koreas.

DFD also organises conferences and events locally within our growing network of university campus associations located around the world. Find out more about DFD.

For more details, please contact Dr Jihye Kim (, Associate Lecturer at UCLan.

PhD Recruitment

The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) is welcoming prospect PhD candidates who will be involved in our policy research projects.

The role of the BBC on the Korean Peninsula: contact Dr Niki Alsford (

Marshall-like Plan to North Korea and its development: contact Dr Sojin Lim (

Bill Skillend Prize

The British Association of Korean Studies (BAKS) is extremely pleased to announce the Bill Skillend Prize 2018.

This prize is awarded in commemoration of the late Professor Bill Skillend to an undergraduate student submitting an outstanding dissertation on a Korea-related topic. Professor Bill Skillend was a pioneer in the study of Korean language and literature and responsible for the introduction of its instruction in Britain.

In memory of the late Professor Bill Skillend, a sum of up to £200 is available as Prize money.

The competition is open to any undergraduate student based at British universities who would like to present for consideration a dissertation/Final Project/Independent Study Project equivalent to 30 CATS/credits on a Korea-related topic. The text should be typewritten, and not exceed 12,000 words.

For UCLan students, as we have 20 CATS or 40 CATS, BAKS is aware of our system, and thus you are still encouraged to submit regardless of the CAT score. In you submission, it would be helpful if you include a cover page detailing the CAT score and course title.

The submitted work should be no more than 4 months old at the closing date, and must be submitted as an electronic (pdf) version to Prof Hazel Smith, and cc’ed to BAKS President, Charlotte Horlyck

Submission deadline 31st August 2018

All undergraduate students studying at British universities are eligible to apply.