University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Japanese Studies

The course focuses primarily on contemporary Japan, and offers postgraduate supervision in such areas as Japanese religion, society, popular culture and history, through a variety of methodologies, such as anthropological, sociological, textual and cultural studies approaches; research specialisms include: 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.

Entry requirements

A Master's course, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training; a research proposal must be included with the formal application materials; for students whose 1st language is not English: 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).

Sponsorship information

British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); AHRC grants are competetive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students; the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures also offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTFs) for PhD students, together with a number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis; details of available funding in a given year are posted on the web in February/March.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 3,828 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MPhil Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MPhil Part-time - 24 months
PhD Full-time £ 3,828 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
PhD Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 months
PhD Part-time - 72 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0161 275 4740