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 covers, through teaching and research, the language-based study of the cultures of China and Inner Asia, with a focus on materials in modern and classical Chinese and modern and classical Tibetan.

We are able to supervise MPhil and PhD research in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Prospective 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 or institutions of SOAS or the University of London. 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.

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

Information, including English Language requirements, can be found here:

Fees and funding

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

Student Recruitment Office
020 7898 4700