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The MPhil in Japanese Studies

This MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies provides initial research training and opportunities to learn more in depth about topics within the region. In most cases, it also aims to develop students' linguistic skills as well as methodological sophistication.

There are two kinds of MPhil in Japanese Studies:

The Advanced Studies MPhil in Japanese Studies is a specially designed one-year research course with substantial taught elements for students who want to deepen their undergraduate education and/or prepare for a PhD in Japanese Studies. The aim is to equip students to carry out independent academic work, including training in how to use primary sources for research purposes, which lies at the heart of the programme. Our guiding principle is to ensure that each student receives the best possible education, providing a coherent course but with the flexibility to cater for individual needs.

The Research MPhil in Japanese Studies allows students who already have strong research skills to focus mainly on a thesis but there is also one required researcher development seminar. For the thesis the Degree Committee, after considering the candidate's experience, qualifications and proposed subject, grants permission for the student to offer a thesis. The thesis should be on a subject approved by the Degree Committee, and has a word limit 25,000, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography. In this option, an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field in which it falls will be required.

Where possible, we would encourage you to discuss your particular interests with potential supervisors before applying. A summary of the research interests of the Japanese teaching staff can be found here. A more detailed list of the relevant teaching officers with their fields of expertise can also be found on the teaching staff page.

For students interested in applying for admission in October 2017, a new set of Japan and the World Graduate Scholarships are now available.