In contrast to the Advanced Studies MPhil, the Research MPhil focuses on research training and, in most cases, aims to develop students' linguistic skills as well as methodological sophistication.
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 intended to develop methodological skills. 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 25,000 word limit, 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 the thesis topics and relevant training 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 core research areas of the teaching staff is available here. More extensive information on the relevant teaching officers with their fields of expertise can also be found on the teaching staff page.