This MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Japanese Studies, by dissertation only) provides initial research training and, in most cases, aims to develop students' linguistic skills as well as methodological sophistication.
In place of the taught course, the Degree Committee, after considering the candidate's experience, qualifications and proposed subject, may grant special permission for him or her to offer a thesis. The thesis would 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.
The successful applicant will be assigned a supervisor upon entry and all choices of papers, exercises and thesis topics must be discussed with the supervisor as early as possible in the academic year.
Where possible, we would encourage you to discuss your particular interests with potential supervisors before applying. A list of the relevant teaching officers with their fields of expertise can be found on the teaching staff page.