12 months
25300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Korean Studies offered by The University of Edinburgh will enable you to acquire both in-depth knowledge about the Korean peninsula and the analytical skills to make connections between the Korean experience and other countries in the East Asian region and beyond.

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The Korean peninsula lies at the centre of landmark geopolitical developments in the early 21st century.

North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and tensions between the two Koreas serve as stark reminders of the fragility of regional and global orders.

South Korea has become a major global economic player and an important actor in development assistance.

Additionally, Korean culture (including pop culture) has surged to global popularity over the past decade and exported across the globe.

Understanding Korean culture, history, current political and economic developments and international relations is therefore crucial to make sense of key processes in global security, economics and politics in Asia and beyond.

About our programme

The MSc in Korean Studies at The University of Edinburgh is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically engage with these developments through recognised Masters-level training in both Korean Studies and East Asian Studies with a focus on:

  • history
  • society
  • the economy
  • urban studies
  • public policy
  • politics and international relations

Programme Structure

Semester 1

Core: Research skills and methods for Asian Studies 1 Core: Korean Politics and International Relations

Electives to be chosen from may include:

  • Political Economy of Korea’s Development: Globalisation and Inequality
  • Unwritten Korea: Understanding Korean society and culture through contemporary arts and films
  • Korean Language Beginner 

Semester 2

Core: Research skills and methods for Asian Studies 

Electives to be chosen from may include:

  • Korean History, Culture and Society
  • Global Cities: Seoul in Comparative Perspective
  • Korean Language Beginner 
MSc Dissertation
  • MSc in Korean Studies Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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