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Advanced Studies MPhil in Japanese Studies


NEW (from October 2016):

 One-year MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

– Japanese Studies Pathway


The Advanced Studies 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 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.

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. Detailed course information, including specific requirements and information on electives can be found here.


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, 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 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 follow the instructions on the website. We also recommend putting together an informal research proposal and contacting one of the potential supervisors by e-mail before beginning the application process: Prof Mickey Adolphson (premodern and early modern history), Dr Barak Kushner (modern history), Dr Laura Moretti (pre-modern and early modern literature), Dr John Nilsson-Wright (politics and international relations), Dr Victoria Young (modern and contemporary literature) or Dr Brigitte Steger (society). Dr Michael Shin, who teaches modern Korean history, is also available.

If they wish, applicants may contact more than one academic member of staff. 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.

The prospective supervisor will contact the applicant to discuss the research proposal by e-mail and/or by Skype.

Staff list:


Application deadline

4 January 2018 for those who want to apply for funding and want to be considered in the first round, Starting this year, the Japanese Studies section will offer full and partial Japan and the World Scholarships to offset the costs of tuition and living expenses. Applicants wishing to be considered for this scholarship should indicate so at the time of applying, but will also be expected to apply for other funding, such as from the university:

For support via the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, please look into ‘Japanese Studies Scholarships’ and ‘GB Sasakawa Scholarships’:


The final application deadline for those who do not require funding is 31 May 2018.



MPhil in Japanese Studies - Course information