Asian Studies

PhD programmes

Choose from a range of PhD programmes in Asian Studies and related disciplines.

What can I study?

PhD in Chinese

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.

We have particular strengths in: classical and modern Chinese literature; modern Chinese culture; media; the performing arts and film; ancient Chinese philosophy and religion, modern Chinese politics and society.

Full-time, three years (all students) ꟾ part-time, six years (eligibility criteria apply)

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PhD in East Asian Studies

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.

We have particular strengths in: ancient philosophy and religion; the comparative politics of Asia; classical and modern literature; East Asian media and films; imperialism; colonial rule and decolonisation; political and economic transformation.

Full-time, three years (all students) ꟾ part-time, six years (eligibility criteria apply)

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PhD in Japanese

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.

We have particular strengths in: Japanese performing arts, both traditional (especially Japanese drama of the Tokugawa period), and contemporary; Japanese/Chinese relations; media and politics; the history of Japanese religion (especially Zhenyan or Shingon Buddhism); the Meiji period; traditional and modern Japanese literature.

Full-time, three years (all students) ꟾ part-time, six years (eligibility criteria apply)

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PhD in Korean Studies

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.

We have particular strengths in: history; society and culture; economics; urban studies; security; public policy; political science; international relations.

Full-time, three years (all students) ꟾ part-time, six years (eligibility criteria apply)

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