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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    The University of Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21, 10-JAN-22

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise in a community that really values research; and to make an original, positive contribution to learning in Japanese and East Asian Studies. First taught at Edinburgh in 1976, Japanese Studies has developed to encompass a thriving postgraduate research programme covering a wide spectrum of interests in history, politics, and the performing and literary arts.

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors. We have particular strengths in: Japanese performing arts, both traditional (especially Japanese drama of the Tokugawa period), and contemporary; Japanese/Chinese relations; media and politics; the history of Japanese religion (especially Zhenyan or Shingon Buddhism); the Meiji period; traditional and modern Japanese literature.

Working with colleagues elsewhere in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, and across the wider University, we are able to support PhD theses crossing boundaries between languages and/or disciplines, including comparative literature, film studies, and translation studies.

Training and support

This programme includes optional training on research skills, methods and problems. Between the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), the Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), you’ll find a further range of programmes and resources to help you develop your postgraduate skills, as well as having access to the University’s fantastic libraries, collections and worldwide strategic partnerships.

As part of our research community, you will be immersed in a world of knowledge exchange, with lots of opportunities to share ideas, learning and creative work. Activities range from a regular seminar series in Asian Studies (with talks by staff, research students and visiting speakers) to film and anime screenings, noh performances, and workshops, including those hosted by the Consulate General of Japan, the Japan Society, and the Japan Foundation.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,150per year

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University information

University of Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    15th

  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

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    4th out of 15 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    181 86%

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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65 65%

    3rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%

    8th

    5

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