Research course

Chinese and Inner Asian Studies

SOAS University of London · Department of Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

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

Department specialisms

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


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

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