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One year MPhil in Japanese Studies with taught elements


NEW (from October 2016):

 One-year MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

– Japanese Studies Pathway


The MPhil programme 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 Japanese-language 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.

While all students in the year group attend the Researcher Development Seminar, thereby meeting together regularly and being guided through the various steps of academic research, writing, presentation and career development, they are also free to choose two courses from a variety of options so that each student receives a tailor-made education. Approximately half of the time is allocated to individual research and the writing of a dissertation under the guidance of leading scholars.


Who are we looking for?

We welcome applications from prospective students who have taken Japanese Studies as a major subject in a first degree programme or who already have Japanese-language ability of at least level N2 or equivalent and undergraduate training in other subjects (e.g. history, anthropology, art history, music, classics, politics etc.) but who wish to consider switching to Japanese Studies for their future career.

Please note the general requirements for an MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as the details of the application process:



MPhil in Japanese Studies - How to apply:

If you are interested in our programme, please put together an informal research proposal and contact one of the potential supervisors by e-mail: Prof Mickey Adolphson (pre-modern history; from January 2016), Dr Barak Kushner (modern history), Dr Laura Moretti (pre-modern literature), Dr Nilsson-Wright (politics and international relations), Dr Matthew Shores (early modern and modern literature, performing arts and media) or Dr Brigitte Steger (society). Dr Michael Shin, who teaches modern Korean history, is also available.

They will provide feedback on your project and offer advice on how to submit a formal application. They will also be able to advise you whether or not the course is right for you.

Applicants are advised to contact the prospective supervisor with whom they wish to work by e-mail before they begin the application process. If they wish, applicants may contact more than one academic member of staff. We suggest that applicants at this initial stage provide a brief self introduction and a draft research proposal as a basis for further discussion. The prospective supervisor will contact the applicant to discuss the research proposal by e-mail and/or by Skype. Applicants are also strongly advised to ensure that the prospective supervisor with whom they wish to work is available in the year for which they have applied i.e. not on sabbatical leave.

Staff list:


Application deadline

6 January 2016 for those who want to apply for funding offered by the University:


6 February 2016 for funding offered via the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, namely ‘Japanese Studies Scholarships’ and ‘GB Sasakawa Scholarships’:

The final application deadline for those who do not require funding is 31 May 2016.



MPhil in Japanese Studies - Course information