New MA launching autumn 2020
Norwich is the home of the UK’s leading research center for the study of Japanese arts, media, and visual cultures. Since 1999, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures has been developing and sharing its world class research with the city and with UEA. Building on UEA’s strengths in media studies, creative writing, intercultural communication, gender studies, and history, the course offers a wide range of disciplinary approaches and methods.
The MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies responds to our contemporary moment in which globalization and future-oriented concerns put Japan and its cultures at the centre of debates on urgent issues such as technology and digital innovation, population change, media representation, and health and ageing. The course draws on UEA’s specialist research and teaching to position Japanese Studies in relation to the major humanities disciplines including literature, history, politics, and art. Through our unique interdisciplinary approach, we celebrate UEA’s distinctive approach to engaging with Japan.
On this course you will explore Japanese arts and culture, society and history through a diverse range of disciplinary approaches and methods. You’ll learn about the history of ideas and engage with key writings about Japan, and think critically about the direction of contemporary Japanese studies.
You’ll be taught by experts from across the many disciplines that fall under Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies – including art history, film and media studies, history, politics, and international relations. And you’ll gain a valuable perspective on the subject through input from experts in Japanese arts, cultures and heritage researching at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.
You can take the MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies as either a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course.
We begin with our year-long core module, Researching Japan. This is an important introduction to the fundamental writings and debates in Japanese studies across the history of the field, equipping you with the tools to actively participate in its future direction.
You will also cover the history of ideas and key writings about Japan, and be encouraged to think critically about the direction of contemporary Japanese studies more broadly.
In the autumn and spring semesters, you will choose three modules from a range of optional modules, focusing on the specific areas of Japanese studies that interest you.Towards the end of your second semester you will begin work on your dissertation. This is your chance to pursue an area of specialist study of your choice, investigating a specific academic methodology or topic. You’ll get advice from two members of staff as supervisors to support you in researching and writing up your dissertation. The dissertation module is supported by the core module, helping you to develop a range of transferrable skills for the workplace, future research, or doctoral-level study.
After completing the MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies, you will have an in-depth understanding of the field of Japanese Studies and will be able to demonstrate critical engagement with key issues and topics therein. You’ll be well prepared for careers in research, international relations or organizations, policy, NGOs, and the public sector.
If you’re interested in further study towards a PhD, you’ll be well prepared for sustained research into Japanese Studies or art history, film and media studies, history, or politics and international relations. Our MA will ensure you’re fully equipped with the theoretical and practical research skills necessary for advanced level study.
- Academic research (PhD)
- Research roles
- Public sector roles
- Culture industries, including museum sector
- Charity sector roles
Full details of the course's fees and requirements will be published soon.
Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement of the programme.
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.