Research course

Japanese Studies

The University of Manchester · East Asian Studies

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD or MPhil. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Japanese Studies was established at Manchester in 2007.

The Japanese Studies discipline at Manchester focuses primarily on modern and contemporary Japan and offers postgraduate supervision in society, culture and cultural production, religion, subcultural formations, history, education, gender in culture and in medicine and reproduction, and the Japanese mass media. Anthropological, sociological, textual and gender and cultural studies approaches can be strongly supported. There is a focus on cross-disciplinary research and co-supervision linking research in Japanese Studies with other disciplines. Applicants are asked to make direct contact with individual academic members of staff whose research interests and approach seem to most closely resemble their own, before submitting an application, in order to find a potential supervisor

Department specialisms

Contemporary religious dynamics in Japan; new religious movements; pilgrimage; religion and violence; religion and the media; religion, law and politics; religion, commercialisation and commodification; sociology of religion; Japanese popular culture and society. .

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing element of the test or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet based-test).

Fees and funding

ORS competition for overseas applicants; School bursaries. Please contact the School for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
+ 44 (0) 161 275 3559
+44(0)161 275 3031