Japanese (2018)

The Japanese programme in the School of Arts consists of Japanese language and culture papers. The language acquisition papers are designed for learners of Japanese as a foreign or second language. The cultural papers are taught in English and are also available to non-language students.

Japanese is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major. Details of the requirements for the Japanese language pathway can be found under International Languages and Cultures. Japanese is available as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of studies in which the student is enrolled.

The point of entry into the Japanese programme depends on previous experience. Students with little or no prior knowledge of Japanese will start with JAPAN131. Students with 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Japanese, or good results in NCEA Level 2 Japanese should start from JAPAN231. Students who are uncertain about where to start should consult with the Programme Convenor of Japanese.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Japanese in 2010 or prior should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office for advice. Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Japanese papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Japanese papers above 200 level. Students interested in studying Japanese for their major can do so through International Languages and Cultures.


  • 100 level

  • 200 level

  • 300 level

  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Jap) and GradDip(Jap)
    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Japanese at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Jap), PGDip(Jap), BA(Hons) and MA.
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Japanese papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Japanese papers or all their undergraduate Japanese papers.

    To complete a BA(Hons) in Japanese, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally JAPA591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Japanese.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Japanese, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: Japanese pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Japanese papers or all of their undergraduate Japanese papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) in Japanese (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MA in Japanese vary depending on admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including JAPA502 and either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information as of 20 September 2017 4:40pm

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