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Japanese Studies

We deliver fresh insight into the importance of studying Japan through cutting-edge research and teaching.

Japanese Studies at Manchester gives students the opportunity to examine contemporary Japan through its language and culture, while developing an understanding of the historical forces and cultural and social dynamics that have shaped the country.

Our students benefit from innovative language courses and from research-led teaching in areas such as Japanese visual culture, popular and youth culture, religion, intellectual and social history, society and education.

What Japanese Studies at Manchester?

  • Our language learning schemes provide the opportunity to develop partnerships with Japanese native speakers and to prepare for living and studying in Japan in your third year.
  • Local access to the activities of the Japan Society North West, which organises an exciting range of cultural events such as sushi-making demonstrations, Taiko drumming workshops, food feasts, and an annual Japan Day celebration.
  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, 91% of all Chinese and Japanese students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

Find out more

Hear from staff and students about studying Japanese at The University of Manchester in the video below.

The highlight of the course was my year abroad at Osaka University, and I was very fortunate to be a recipient of the Japanese Government Scholarship. I had an immensely enjoyable time at Osaka. My proficiency in the language improved significantly during the year, and the tutors at Osaka were incredibly supportive. The tutors from Manchester also came to visit a couple of times, just to make sure that we’re all having a good time studying and living in Japan.

Vivian Chan / BA (Hons) Japanese Studies alumna