Combined Honours



Studying Japanese as part of your Combined Honours degree combines practical language study, communication skills and study of the culture.

UCAS Code: BA Combined Honours (Y001)

Subject summary

You will take a sociological and anthropological approach to understanding this East Asian culture, rather than seeking an understanding simply through the study of literature.

As a Combined Studies student you'll be spending one third of your time on Japanese language study.

During Stage 1 you take introductory modules in Japanese. The emphasis here is on communication skills and no prior knowledge of Japanese is needed.

In Stages 2 and 3 you'll build on your developing language skills with further Japanese modules. We also offer a choice of modules on Japanese culture and society that you could take.

All Combined Honours students studying a language, go abroad for an intercalating year between Stages 2 and 3. You'll spend your year in Japan, studying at a university with which we have links. This is an outstanding opportunity to practise language skills you'll have developed. 

When you return for your final year in Stage 3, you could also write a dissertation on an approved topic relating to the culture of Japan, supervised by one of our members of staff.

Japanese is offered by the School of Modern Languages.

Find out about the regular themed socials, film nights, conversation clubs and even trips abroad with the Modern Foreign Languages Society and the Anglo-Japanese Society.


Japanese can be studied as part of your Combined Honours degree from scratch, post-GCSE or post-A level (or equivalent) standards.

For an introduction to Japanese read an Introduction to Japanese Language, Taster Session.

A maximum of two language subjects can be taken together, but only one of these can be at beginner's level.

It's not possible to study two language subjects on their own without a third non-language subject.

Chinese and Japanese cannot be taken together.


For more information on the modules available, visit the Japanese Module List. Modules are subject to change and could differ on an annual basis.

Contact us

If you have any questions about choosing Japanese as part of your Combined Honours degree, just email us.

Ask the subject adviser for Japanese.