12 months
18500 GBP/year
8900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia responds to our contemporary moment in which globalisation and future-oriented concerns put Japan at the centre of debates on urgent issues such as technology and digital innovation, population change, arts and politics, and health and ageing.

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Are you curious about Japan? Would you like to know more about its place in the world and its cultural identity? Whether you are already familiar with some aspects of Japanese culture or not, the MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies  at the University of East Anglia will give you a solid grounding in the study of the country’s art, literature, history, and politics. Looking at a variety of topics through the lens of Japan will also open for you new ways of engaging with our globalised world. You’ll learn about a variety of research methods from several humanities disciplines and benefit from UEA’s expertise on Japan, equipping you with the tools to actively participate in shaping the vibrant field of Japanese Studies in the future. 

This course embodies UEA’s vision for borderless interdisciplinary inquiry and positions Japanese Studies at the nexus of the major humanities disciplines including literature, history, politics, and art. How do contemporary experiences of migration and alienation reverberate in Japan’s literature? What impact will the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have on international relations? How do popular Japanese art forms such as manga find their way into museums? Which historical issues dominate Japan’s regional politics and relations with its neighbours? When did Japan become modern and how? World-leading experts in Japanese Studies will be working together with you to answer these questions and encourage you to come up with your own.   


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. You’ll be well prepared for careers in research, international relations or organisations, policy, NGOs, and the public sector. 

  • Academic research (PhD)
  • Research roles
  • Public sector roles
  • Culture industries, including museum sector
  • Charity sector roles

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Japanese Cinema and Media: Products, People, Platforms 
  • Japanese Modernity: a History of Ideas 
  • Japanese Art History and Cultural Heritage: Interdisciplinary Approaches 
  • The Foreign Relations of China and Japan in the Modern World 
  • 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

  • Degree Subject Arts or Humanities
  • Degree Classification Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Norwich

609 - 1044 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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