Welcome to Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney has offered Japanese studies since 1917, making it one of the oldest programs of its kind in the English-speaking world. The Department of Japanese are also one of the University’s largest and most active academic departments. We have courses on Japanese language, history, literature, linguistics, society and culture.

You can study Japanese Studies as part of a three-year undergraduate program through a Bachelor of Arts degree or combined degree. Depending on your results, you may be able to take our Honours program where you conduct original research. Postgraduates can pursue studies leading to a Master of Arts (Research), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and/or a PhD.

Our staff includes 10 full-time academics who specialise in the fields of Japanese history (modern and premodern), language, society and literature. The university’s East Asian Collection includes over 120,000 titles consisting of primary and secondary sources from China, Japan and Korea. The library also boasts a rich collection of books on Japanese art and art history.

Interested in Japanese Studies?

If you are a prospective undergraduate student, contact the School of Languages and Cultures. Prospective postgraduates are encouraged to contact the academic staff member who specialises in their area of interest.