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University of Central Lancashire: North Korean Studies

Institution University of Central Lancashire
Department School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies
Telephone 01772 892400
Study type Taught


Course overview - Learn about the society, economy, politics and international relations of North Korea with our MA in North Korean Studies.

  • This MA embeds a graduate introduction to social science philosophies and methods in the study of North Korea, one of the least well understood countries on the planet.

  • It is founded on the development of critical analysis of relevant materials whilst also giving you the opportunity to study how North Korea can achieve change and development in the context of fragile states.

  • You’ll develop knowledge and expertise not just on North Korea, but also in the international relations of East Asia, which, although a major force in the world economy, contains some of the globe’s most pressing security problems (the most important of which is, arguably, North Korea’s nuclear programme).

  • This course is designed so that on completion, you’ll have studied relevant subjects necessary for preparation of doctoral research.

Why study with us - The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) has become an official Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) test venue since 2019, and launched the only Korea Corner, funded by Korea Foundation in the UK in April 2019.

  • This course will provide you with a comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global business, while developing your knowledge and expertise in many facets of East Asia.

  • The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire is offering 10 MA scholarships in North Korean Studies.

MA Scholarships in North Korean Studies - The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire is offering 10 MA scholarships in North Korean Studies. We seek highly motivated students who have excellent academic grades at undergraduate level and who are committed to high quality critical study of North Korea.

  • Applications are open to students of any nationality, but the scholarship is for the full value of UK tuition fees (£6,900). Non-UK fee paying students will receive a partial fee waiver to the value of UK tuition fees. Successful candidates will be expected to work with our academics as research assistants.

  • IKSU was established in 2014 as a multidisciplinary hub of research, teaching and public policy in the study of contemporary Korea. IKSU is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, bringing together university wide research expertise on global Korea in the context of development, political economy, anthropological discourse, society and culture, language, and international relations surrounding both Koreas.

  • This scholarship opportunity is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Applications should be made to Dr Sojin Lim ( and they should include: 

  • A full Curriculum Vitae

  • A short supporting statement (maximum 300 words)

  • The grades achieved in your undergraduate degree

  • A short dissertation proposal (maximum 250 words), including your research question and how the research relates to existing academic literature

  • Although Korean language ability would be an advantage, we welcome applications from all. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide confirmation of their degree results by 31 July 2020, via the University’s online application process for verifying degrees and grades. Successful candidates must have at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent).

Please contact Dr Sojin Lim, Co-Director of IKSU ( for further information.


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