M.Phil. On Campus

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Korean Studies)

11 months
28893 GBP/year
12525 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MPhil programme in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Korean Studies) at the University of Cambridge is a specially designed one-year graduate seminar and research course with substantial taught elements for students who want to deepen their undergraduate education and/or prepare for a PhD in Korean Studies.  


Key facts:

  • The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Korean Studies) program at the University of Cambridge aims to support research into early modern and modern Korean  history, intellectual history, history of knowledge, cultural history, South and North Korean politics, and international relations in East Asia.
  • All students in the year group attend one of two mandatory classes on theory: the Theories and Methodologies in the Japanese Studies Seminar (JM1); or the  Asia in Theory seminar (EA1).  In either class they meet regularly with a variety of the Faculty's instructors and are introduced to various disciplinary approaches in Korean and East Asian studies. In addition, they are guided through the various steps of academic research, writing, presentation and career development. Students then choose one class from a core of two classes (KM1 or EAS2). Finally, for their third paper they are free to choose from a variety of options so that each student receives a tailor-made education. Approximately half of the time is allocated to individual research and the writing of a dissertation under the guidance of leading scholars.
  • The aim is to equip students to carry out independent academic work, including training, where appropriate, in how to use Korean-language sources for research purposes, which lies at the heart of the programme. Our guiding principle is to ensure that each student receives the best possible education, providing a coherent course but with the flexibility to cater for individual needs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Asia in Theory 
  • Modern Korean History
  • The East Asian Region
  • Classical Japanese Texts
  • Modern Japanese Cultural History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Good II.i Honours Degree.
  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies - language attainments - This can be a simple list of the languages you have attained and to what level (e.g. beginner, intermediate etc). If you have any language certificates, you can upload them along with your application.
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters) - Please use this section to explain why you are interested in studying at Cambridge University on this particular course.
  • Sample of work (2) - Maximum length 3,000 words in English. A second Sample of Work may be replaced by an extended research proposal of a maximum length of 1,500 words.
  • Research proposal (M)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28893 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 28893 GBP per year during 11 months.
  • National

    12525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12525 GBP per year during 11 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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