Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The research interests of members of staff in Japanese cover a broad spectrum of topics in history and the performing and literary arts. In particular, supervision is offered in the history of Japanese religions: Buddhism and East Asia (especially Zhenyan or Shingon Buddhism); Japanese performing arts, both traditional (especially traditional Japanese drama of the Tokugawa Period) and contemporary; and traditional and modern Japanese literature.

Researchers in Japanese Studies liaise closely with the Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh, the Japan Society of Scotland and the Japan Foundation.

Information for international students

A good first degree and competence in English are required.

Fees and funding

Mainly university

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Adviser
+44 (0) 131 651 4227