Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Japanese

At the MPhil/PhD level, we aim for students to make the transition into fully fledged, independent academic researchers. Our doctoral programme is geared towards enabling research students to produce top-quality work that in one way or another questions the boundaries of the disciplines we work in and seeks to bring new materials, theories and methods into them. Becoming a successful academic researcher is achieved on the basis of a full appreciation of the hallmarks of good scholarship, such as original thought, the proper use of references and background material, appropriate use of methodology and reporting procedures, and it is these priorities that we aim to impart to our students. Once equipped with the generic and discipline-specific tools for carrying out research, you will pursue your particular research interests, supported by regular meetings with your supervisors and attendance at the MPhil/PhD seminars. We seek to create a mutually supportive environment, informed by discussion and dialogue. MPhil students may be required to take appropriate courses from MA programmes offered by the School of Arts in their first year.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree with a Japan-related subject as a main component. Graduates in other subjects may be asked to take a qualifying examination. You will need to submit a 2000-word research proposal prior to interview. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

MPhil students may be required to take appropriate courses from MA programmes offered by the School of Arts in their first year.

Assessment methods

The MPhil thesis is not more than 60,000 words; the PhD thesis is not more than 100,000 words. Both the MPhil and the PhD are assessed by a viva voce examination. The thesis requirements for a practice-based project vary according to the nature of the research and can be discussed with the admissions tutors.

Sponsorship information

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. In 2017 we are offering up to 12 fully funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships, and Arts Research Studentships (ARS - full or partial fee waiver for MPhil/PhD study). For further details please visit the School's funding pages here. Birkbeck has a longstanding academic partnership with the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, which aims to promote the study of Japanese culture and history in UK higher education. Prospective PhD students in this area are able to apply for 1 of 30 studentships awarded nationally by the GBSF each year, worth £10,000 per year. If you need further information, contact Dr Tim Markham.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 - 5 years
PhD Full-time January 2018 - 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2018 - 5 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time January 2018 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time January 2018 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Media and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8374