In the two-year “Modern Japan” master’s course, we offer you a comprehensive program with which you can deepen your Japanese skills and specialize in the field of Modern Japan. Topics such as cultural and social change, Japan in a global context and media and popular culture are the focus of this course. We convey the most important theories and methods that can be used for cultural and social science research. In addition, you will deepen your language skills so that you can express yourself confidently in Japanese in the academic field as well. During your master’s degree, you can also go to Japan for a year to pursue a research project for your master’s thesis.


Deepening of language skills in the first and second semester through advanced language courses through translation and discussion of current topics. In addition to an introduction to premodern Japanese, you will also learn to express yourself academically adequately in Japanese.
A comprehensive insight into the theories and methods necessary to research modern Japan is also given.
In three thematic modules, you will deal with the areas of “media and communication”, “Japan in a global context” and “social and cultural change”.
In the “Being Academic” module, you pursue your own academic project.
In the fourth semester you will write your master’s thesis.
During the two years of your master’s degree, you will also take courses in the compulsory elective area, which you can choose individually to support your study focus and for professional qualifications.


The course is consecutive and requires the completion of the Bachelor course Modern Japan or a comparable course with sufficient knowledge of Japanese. Very good knowledge of English is also a necessary requirement.
You need a BA grade of 2.3 or better and at least 26 CP in Japanese Studies / Japanese Studies modules. In exceptional cases, the 26 CP can be made up (by passing the modules "Regional Science Basics", "Social Science Topic Module" and "Cultural Studies Topic Module" within one year).
You need a Japanese language training amounting to 42 SWS or knowledge of Japanese at the level of JLPT N2. The language skills must already be available at the time of application.


Our two-year master’s course provides a broad knowledge of contemporary culture and society in Japan, which can be practically applied in numerous professional fields in a variety of ways: science and research, press and publishing, media, journalism, libraries, museums and archives, cultural institutes, adult education, international Organizations and business enterprises.
The master’s course trains scientific and analytical thinking, methodical procedures and the ability to independently work on clearly defined topics and questions. Our master’s program is also about how the results of these self-developed projects can be conveyed to an audience in an appealing way. These skills are important key qualifications for later professional life.

The Düsseldorf location with its large Japanese community gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience through part-time jobs and internships during your studies. After graduation, there are prospects for permanent professional activity related to Japan on site. Our institute maintains good relationships with local institutions and forwards job offers to students.

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