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Postgraduate Studentship in Korean Studies

The Academy of Korean Studies - The Graduate School of Korean Studies

Why Study at GSKS? 

As an educational institute established and funded by the Korean government with the aim of promoting Korean studies, we provide international students with excellent educational and living environments as follows: 

  • Tuition fees are fully waived for the whole coursework period for all international students. 
  • 66.7% of international students benefit from the Government Grant, a monthly stipend of £500 for a year, renewable upon evaluation. 
  • A 5:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-to-one guidance by professors. 
  • Korean language courses are offered free of charge to assist international students with academic writing, presentations, and discussions.  
  • Various programs such as tutoring, writing clinic, cultural activities and airfare subsidy for presentation abroad, etc. support students’ academic performance. 

Currently, approximately 300 students including about 150 international students from 30 countries are enrolled in our Master’s or doctoral degree program in the fields of humanities and social sciences pertinent to Korea. 

The Program : Master’s or Doctoral Degree Program  

  • Coursework period is 2 years for a Master’s degree program and 3 years for a doctoral degree program. 
  • An academic year consists of two semesters and courses are provided for 15 weeks per semester. A spring semester begins in March, and a fall semester in September. 
  • Most courses are taught in Korean, while courses in Korean Culture and Society major are provided in in English. 
  • Students earn 3 credits per each course. In order to graduate, students of a Master’s degree program should complete 24 credits, and a doctoral degree program 36 credits, other than mandatory Korean language courses which are non-credit. Both Master’s degree and doctoral degree students should write a thesis. 


  • Korean History 
  • Diplomatics and Bibliography 
  • Philosophy 
  • Korean Linguistics · Korean Literature 
  • Anthropology · Folklore 
  • Religious Studies 
  • Musicology 
  • Art History 
  • Cultural Informatics · Human Geography 
  • Political Science 
  • Sociology 
  • Education 
  • Korean Culture and Society (Only available for Master’s degree program) 

Entry Requirement  

  • A keen interest in Korean studies, coupled with an undergraduate degree (for a Master’s degree program) or a graduate degree (for a doctoral degree program) 
  • English language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS Academic Module 6.5, or TEPS 301 for applicants for Korean Culture and Society major 
  • Korean language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOPIK(Test of Proficiency in Korean) level 4 for applicants except for Korean Culture and Society major 

Application Deadline  

We recruit twice a year. Application for 2021 spring semester will be open from 20 October to 9 November 2020. Applications for 2020 fall semester will be sought in March 2021. 

How to Apply 

To apply, visit and complete the online application form. A soft copy or a scanned copy of the following documents should be uploaded on the application website: 

  • Personal Statement 
  • Research Plan 
  • A graduation certificate and official transcripts 
  • A score report of TOFEL iBT, IELTS Academic Module, or TEPS (if applicable) 
  • A TOPIK certificate (if applicable) 

In addition, a letter of recommendation should be sent by registered mail or by email.  

Selection Process  

Document screening is held for applicants who meet all the application requirement. Then for selected candidates, a video interview is scheduled to be conducted on 11 December 2020. 


Seongnam City - South Korea 

Perched on the side of Cheonggye Mountain, 30km south of the center of Seoul, the campus provides a fantastic setting for the academic pursuits of students with its peaceful atmospheres and natural environments. Also, students can reach dynamic youth culture of Gangnam area within 30 minutes by bus as well as artistic and historic heritage of Seoul city center within an hour.   

Contact Us  

If you have any queries about the program or the application process, please contact us at or +82-31-730-8183. 


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Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Seongnam-si - South Korea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Monthly stipend and full tuition waiver
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th October 2020
Closes: 20th January 2021
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