Normally a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.
Months of entry
The Department is able to supervise MPhil and PhD degrees by research and thesis in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Intending research students should not feel constrained to limit their choice of topics to those indicated against the names of current staff members (postgraduate students have recently been working on such diverse topics as colour symbolism in ancient Chinese texts, Chinese cinema, and Chinese Braille systems, and translation studies). If necessary, arrangements can be made for joint supervision with teachers from other departments of SOAS. Research undertaken at MPhil and PhD level is based on literary, documentary, and archive materials in the languages of the area and/or on fieldwork conducted in those languages.
Our alumni are to be found in academic and government posts, journalism and other media, museums, art galleries, aid agencies, libraries, charities, medicine, and large and small businesses of many kinds all over the world, and a large number of them work in the area or in the cultural field of their studies.Some Recent Research Theses
Eddie Bertozzi - One Step Forward into Reality - Transvergent Reconfigurations of the Jishizhuyi Style in Contemporary Chinese Cinema
Katherine Foster - Child of Sorrow: Children and Childhood in Late Twentieth Century Chinese Fiction
Jung Eun Jo - Analysis of the Discourse on Music of the Lüshi chunqiu mainly in comparison with the "Yuelun" chapter of the Xunzi
Yin-Chen Kang - The Formation of Classical Taiwanese Theatre: 1900 - 1930
Wing Sze Kaby Kung - From Feminism to Postfeminism: A Feminist Study of the Works by Hong Ying and Li Bihua
Hing Fong Camilla Lai - Yang Weizhen’s Iron Style Poems on History
Yun-Chung Li - Monk Poetry as External Learning in the Middle and Late Tang, exemplified by the poetry and lives of Guanxiu and Qiji
Alastair Morrison - 'Farewell to History': New Historical Fiction's Alternative Vision of the 20th century China
Christopher Rosenmeier - Shanghai Avant-Garde: The Fiction of Shi Zhecun, Mu Shiying, Xu Xu and Wumingshi
Yiming Shen - Chinese Islamic text studies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: A case study of Chinese translations of Jāmī’s Persian Sufi prose
Intending research student should not feel constrained to limit their choice of topics to those of current staff members.
Information for international students
For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website
Fees and funding
For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
Candidates are normally registered for an MPhil and convert to a PhD after successful completion of the first year.
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiries
- 020 7898 4700