A good honours degree with a Japan-related subject as a main component. Graduates in other subjects may be asked to take a qualifying examination. You will need to submit a 2000-word research proposal prior to interview.
Months of entry
At the MPhil/PhD level, we aim for students to make the transition into fully fledged, independent academic researchers. Our doctoral programme is geared towards enabling research students to produce top-quality work that in one way or another questions the boundaries of the disciplines we work in and seeks to bring new materials, theories and methods into them. Becoming a successful academic researcher is achieved on the basis of a full appreciation of the hallmarks of good scholarship, such as original thought, the proper use of references and background material, appropriate use of methodology and reporting procedures, and it is these priorities that we aim to impart to our students.
Once equipped with the generic and discipline-specific tools for carrying out research, you will pursue your particular research interests, supported by regular meetings with your supervisors and attendance at the MPhil/PhD seminars. We seek to create a mutually supportive environment, informed by discussion and dialogue.
MPhil students may be required to take appropriate courses from MA programmes offered by the School of Arts in their first year.
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Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Fees and funding
Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us.
In 2017 we are offering up to 12 fully funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships, and Arts Research Studentships (ARS - full or partial fee waiver for MPhil/PhD study). For further details please visit the School's funding pages here.
Birkbeck has a longstanding academic partnership with the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, which aims to promote the study of Japanese culture and history in UK higher education. Prospective PhD students in this area are able to apply for 1 of 30 studentships awarded nationally by the GBSF each year, worth £10,000 per year. If you need further information, contact Dr Tim Markham.
Find out more about other research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Advice Service
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