Inside our MA programme

The MA programme in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies provides students with practical, hands-on experience that they can take into their future careers. By exploring the range of techniques, activities and methodologies that fall under Japanese Studies, students of this course gain an understanding of the breadth of possibilities that are open to them once they have completed the programme.

Current Students

To get a taste of the MA student experience, take a look at some of our current students’ blogs below in which they describe their studies and activities from their own perspectives.

A key part of the MA programme is providing students with the opportunity to gain experience with research techniques and skills.

For this year’s cohort, there have been several exciting opportunities to undertake workshops in institutions across the UK, particularly in the field of digitisation, as well as practical sessions within their modules.

You can read Liam Head’s article on his experience of digitising the tsuba (sword guard) collection at the British Museum here. Current student Nanaka Kishi also helped to digitise the hanging scroll collection at the museum in 2023 – you can read more on her experience here. Michie Nakamura assisted with the digitisation of the V&A’s collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints and illustrated books in December 2022 – find out more about the techniques used and what she learnt here.

Dr Ryoko Matsuba, Lecturer in Japanese Digital Arts and Humanities, introduces students to the techniques involved in digitising ukiyo-e (woodblock printings and paintings) and printed books.

Applications open for 2023