Research course

East Asian Studies

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

East Asian Studies at Manchester comprises Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies. It has fifteen academic staff led by Professors Ian Reader (Japanese Studies) and Hong Liu (Chinese Studies), and language teaching teams in Chinese and Japanese. Besides PhD programmes of study in Chinese Studies and in Japanese Studies for those who specifically focus on one or other of these cultural areas, East Asian Studies offers the scope for PhDs that focus on the East Asian region, broadly defined (including South-East Asia, especially when related to areas and cultures which use Chinese writing characters), that either transcend specific cultural boundaries or that seek to utilize the academic specialism and guidance of scholars in East Asian Studies to engage with academic topics within the region.

In such contexts East Asian Studies staff can offer postgraduate supervision in a variety of areas related to religion, education, popular culture, art, history, gender studies, identity formation, literature, social dynamics, social and business networks, and medical history and policy, either in terms of specific East Asian cultures or as such topics range across national and cultural boundaries within the wider East Asian context.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test, 250 computer-based test, or 100 internet-based test Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component

Fees and funding

Students are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Please see the School website for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 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