University of Cambridge

Degree level: Postgraduate

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies) (Research)

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Course summary

This MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies) provides initial research training and, in most cases, aims to develop students' linguistic skills as well as methodological sophistication. Please note that the one-year MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies) is offered by thesis only, and is not a taught course option. Please make sure to confirm with your prospective supervisor that this option is the appropriate choice for you. Learning Outcomes At the end of the MPhil programme, students will be expected to have: acquired, where appropriate, the ability to read, interpret and translate primary sources in Modern and/or classical Japanese; acquired a good knowledge of the general scholarship on modern and/or classical Japanese culture(s); acquired an in-depth knowledge of the secondary literature relevant to the subject of their thesis; developed the ability to formulate original research questions and to produce a well-constructed argument to answer them, in the form of an independent piece of research based on the use of primary and secondary sources; and developed independent library- and internet-based research skills concomitant with successful completion of a Masters-level degree. Continuing Applicants for the PhD should submit, via the Applicant Portal, a research proposal on an interesting and workable topic and demonstrate that they have the required academic knowledge and skills to carry out their project. Admission is at the discretion of the Degree Committee, which judges each applicant on their own merits and in accordance with its own set of rules and regulations.


Students who take the Japanese Studies research pathway are expected to work closely with their supervisor throughout the year on a thesis of not more than 25,000-words which is submitted by mid-August. During the year, MPhil students attend various training opportunities offered by the Department in codicology, text reading, fieldwork and other skills, depending on their chosen research topic. They are also encouraged to attend fourth-year undergraduate lectures and Faculty seminars, where relevant. They also attend postgraduate work-in-progress seminars where they have an opportunity to present their own work to their peers for feedback in a supportive environment. In consultation with their supervisor, students will also, where relevant, be encouraged to attend appropriate courses and seminars offered elsewhere in the university in subject areas related to students' research interests. All prospective MPhil applicants are advised to read the staff profiles on our website to familiarise themselves with the research and teaching interests of staff members. Applicants should contact potential supervisors well in advance of their application by email, and discuss the proposed MPhil thesis topic both by email and either in person or by Skype/Zoom.

Assessment method

Thesis / Dissertation Students will submit a thesis of not more than 25,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil theses must include a brief abstract at the start of the thesis of no more than 400 words. Students must have a viva examination (oral examination in person), which is normally held in September.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. High II.i or a first at BA level from a UK university or equivalent. Degree-level knowledge of written Japanese is required.

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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies) at University of Cambridge - UCAS