Besides PhD and MPhil programmes in Chinese Studies and in Japanese Studies for those who specifically focus on one or other of these cultural areas, East Asian Studies offers scope for MPhil and PhD topics concerning the East Asian region, broadly defined (including South-East Asia, especially when related to areas and cultures which use Chinese writing characters), while transcending specific cultural boundaries or seeking to utilize the academic specialism and guidance of scholars in East Asian Studies to engage with academic topics within the region.
In such contexts East Asian Studies staff can offer postgraduate supervision in a variety of areas related to religion, education, popular culture, art, history, gender studies, identity formation, literature, social dynamics, social and business networks, as well as medical history and policy, either in terms of specific East Asian cultures or relating to topics defined as crossing national and cultural boundaries within the wider East Asian context.
Many of PhD graduates in Modern Languages and Translation and Interpreting Studies have gone on to academic positions at leading universities in the UK, Europe, USA, East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The University of Manchester graduates have been also successful with receiving prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, including the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Coursework and assessment
- Your research will normally be supervised by two members of staff at the University. Your supervisors will most likely be members of the School, but if your research requires it, the School or Subject area may arrange for supervision by someone outside the School.
- Supervisory arrangements at Manchester are governed by a Code of Practice which is available on the University's website. Regular meetings will be held with the supervisors, and details of each of the meetings will be recorded.
- Research Panels (consisting of at least three academic staff, including the supervisors) are held once per semester to monitor progress.
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Languages View 101 other PhDs in Area & Cultural Studies in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Academic entry qualification overview
- Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
- English language
International19500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19500 GBP per year during 36 months.
Living costs for Manchester
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