Research course

East Asian Studies

University of Edinburgh · School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A UK postgraduate taught degree or its international equivalent in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

First established in the university over fifty years ago (Chinese Studies in 1965 and Japanese Studies in 1976), Asian Studies enables both in-depth and diversified knowledge about the inter-relatedness of political, cultural and economic factors shaping international relations in the East Asian region and, comparatively, across the globe.

We cover a broad area of expertise, from regional to comparative Asian studies, classical and contemporary, including ancient philosophy and religion, the comparative politics of Asia, classical and modern literature, East Asian media and films, imperialism, colonial rule and decolonisation, political and economic transformation. We are a multi-disciplinary unit, where disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research are equally welcome and encouraged.

Asian Studies has close links with the Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies, and the Confucius Institute. Our internationally respected academic staff, excellent facilities and academic, professional and cultural links with the East Asian community and East Asian organisations reinforce the world-leading nature of our research, and the prestige of our postgraduate opportunities. Covering a wide spectrum of interests, it also allows for joint supervision, should your research goals be interdisciplinary.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator , Charlotte Mclean
+44 (0)131 650 4227