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Study Japanese as part of your Combined Honours degree. Explore Japanese culture and a combination of practical language study and communication skills.

About the programme

You will take a sociological and anthropological approach to understanding this East Asian culture. As a Combined Studies student you'll spend one third of your time on Japanese language study.


  • Stage 1 you take introductory modules in Japanese. The emphasis here is on communication skills
  • Stages 2 and 3 you'll build on your developing language skills. 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 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.

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.


Find out about our typical modules. Modules are subject to change and could differ on an annual basis.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about choosing this subject as part of your Combined Honours degree, contact us and we'll be more than happy to help. 

Subject adviser

Patricia Oliart - School of Modern Languages

Our address

Combined Honours Centre
9th Level, Henry Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 208 7479