The PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is offered at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies to those students who wish to study Chinese Studies, East Asian Studies, Hebrew Studies, Korean Studies, Japanese Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Arabic or Persian) and Sanskrit and South Asian Studies.
Our researchers are engaged in internationally recognised work in the history, literature, linguistics, social anthropology, sociology, politics and contemporary culture of the Middle East, North Africa, China, Japan and the two Koreas. In addition, the work of several staff crosses traditional boundaries, both geographical and subject based. Please see our Research pages for more information about the kind of research carried out in the Faculty.
Before you apply, it is essential that you contact your prospective supervisor to discuss your proposed research.
The PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a three to four-year course consisting of individual supervisions and guided research. Students are given guidance in areas specific to their subject and in advanced research methods. In the Easter term of the first year, students submit a PhD progress examination, which usually consists of a critical essay and a general statement about progress to date and the likely course of their future research. At the end of the programme students submit a PhD dissertation, followed by a viva.
Further information about the programme and the supervisors can be found on our Faculty’s website.
At the end of each PhD programme, students will be expected to have:
- acquired the ability to read, interpret and translate primary sources fluently into their subject area;
- acquired an excellent knowledge of the general scholarship on their chosen research topic;
- acquired an in-depth and focusedknowledge of the secondary literature relevant to the subject of their thesis;
- developed the ability to formulate original research questions and 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 advanced, independent library- and internet-based research skills concomitant with successful completion of a higher research degree.
Students who wish to continue onto a PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will need to have at least 67 per cent in a relevant language bachelor’s degree from a UK university or its equivalent overseas. They also must already hold a master’s qualification in the language which they intend to study, which should have been awarded a score of at least 67 per cent from a UK university or its equivalent overseas. They also need to satisfy any pre-existing requirements set by the Degree Committee, i.e. English language requirement.
EU and International students can find information about their country’s equivalent continuation mark from the Graduate Admissions International Qualifications page.
Those students who wish to continue to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will be required to obtain at least 67 per cent overall in their MPhil by Advanced Studies degree and satisfy any pre-existing requirements also set by the Degree Committee, i.e. English language requirement.
The standard condition for continuation to a PhD for those students who have taken a FAMES MPhil degree by Research only is a ‘Pass without correction’.