Welcome to Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney

Japanese has been taught at the University of Sydney since 1917, making it one of the oldest programs of its kind in the English-speaking world. Today, the department enrolls over 600 students in courses on Japanese language, history, literature, linguistics, society and culture. The three-year undergraduate program is a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students of exceptional academic potential can pursue advanced studies through the Fourth Year Honours program where they conduct original research leading to the production of a substantial work of scholarship. Postgraduates can pursue studies leading to a Master of Arts (Research), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and/or a PhD.

The department’s 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.

Prospective undergraduate students interested in Japanese Studies are encouraged to contact the School of Languages and Cultures. Prospective postgraduates or members of the public are encouraged to contact the academic staff member who specialises in their area of interest.