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MPhil Japanese Studies (Taught)

MPhil Japanese Studies (Taught)

MPhil Japanese Studies students pick two papers from several groups of papers. Examples of papers which have previously been taught are given below:

A: Graduate Papers in Japanese Studies

  • Historical Narratives of Ancient and Medieval Japan
  • New Approaches in Early-modern Japanese Literature
  • Asia in Theory
  • Topics in Modern Korean History: Japanese Imperialism in Korea

B: Advanced Research Seminar Papers in Japanese Studies (maximum one paper).

  • Classical Japanese Texts
  • Contemporary Japanese Society
  • The Cold War in East Asia and its Aftermath
  • Modern Japanese Cultural History

C: Language Options (maximum one paper).

  • Modern Japanese Texts
  • Literary Japanese
  • Classical and Literary Chinese

D: Borrowed Papers (maximum one paper).

  • Papers can be borrowed from other faculties, generally if they are related to the student’s dissertation research topic. Borrowing papers must be negotiated with the Degree Committee.

Japanese Studies MPhil students are also required to sit the Researcher Development Seminar; this is assessed as an alternative exercise and regular participation is required. 

Please note, papers may change and their availability depends upon student interest and the availability of teaching staff. Please contact Professor Mickey Adolphson () for the most up to date information on this course. 

Language Requirements

We welcome applications from prospective students who have taken Japanese Studies as a major subject in a first degree programme, have acquired Japanese-language ability or have a strong interest and background in other subjects (e.g. history, anthropology, art history, music, classics, politics, international relations etc.) in the Japanese setting, or have professional experience in a Japanese and/or East Asian context.

Please see the Entry Requirements page for English language requirements. 

Assessment Structure

  • The three option papers are worth a total of 50% of the overall grade, and are assessed either by a research essay (maximum 5000 words) or an alternative exercise as agreed by the Degree Committee.
  • The research element is a 15,000-word dissertation (also worth 50% of the overall grade), to be submitted no later than mid-August following the start of the course.

To apply, please see the University Admissions pages