Asian Studies

Postgraduate study

We are unable to offer entry to the Sanskrit programmes for entry in September 2017.

The Sanskrit section of the Asian Studies subject area is able to offer supervision at both MPhil and PhD level in Sanskrit, Prakrit and Pali language and literature within the School of Languages Literatures and Cultures.

In addition we cooperate with the School of Divinity in the supervision of students whose field of research falls within the area of Religious Studies on topics such as classical Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Enquiries about possible postgraduate study are always welcome.

Research degrees

These degrees are taught by supervision only. Students are encouraged to attend any undergraduate course relevant to their research.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Normally full-time research for 36 months (or part-time 72 months), with examination by thesis only, on a research topic.

Master of Science (by research) (MSc)

Full-time study and research for 12 months (or part-time 24 months), with assessed coursework on selected topics.

Staff research interests

The research interests of the departmental staff include:

  • Sanskrit literature and literary theory
  • Theravada Buddhism
  • Jainism
  • Prakrit language and literature

Supervision in these and related areas can be provided for suitably qualified candidates; normally linguistic proficiency in Sanskrit, Pali or Prakrit to Honours level will be required.

The Department also serves as the base for the Centre for South Asian Studies, through which various aspects of modern South Asia can be studied under the supervision of members of the Centre in several departments of the Arts and Social Sciences Faculties.

PhD student profiles

Current PhD students