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PhD Chinese Studies
Expert doctoral supervision in Chinese history and culture.

PhD Chinese Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
36 months [Full-time], 72 months [Part-time]
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
There is no limit on the number of places available.
How to apply
 For details of how to apply, go to: Applying for a postgraduate programme

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

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Yi Chi Chiu, a PhD research student in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester presents her research as an 'elevator pitch'

The research undertaken in Chinese Studies in our School encompasses modern social and cultural history, gender and sexuality, modern and contemporary literatures and cultures (including the larger sinosphere), media studies (film, television and the internet), and contemporary art in China/Asia.

The study of contemporary Chinese art is especially aided by the close collaboration between researchers in Chinese Studies and regional art galleries in Manchester and the northwest. Opportunities for the study of earlier periods of Chinese history and culture are made particularly rich by the holdings of The University of Manchester Library, the third largest academic library in the UK; the John Ryland's Library holdings are a unique collection of late imperial and early modern texts, art and objects that provide fecund ground for further research. Chinese Studies also runs a regular research seminar series in East Asian Studies wherein postgraduate students contribute significantly to the running and content of both.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies were assessed as part of the University of Manchester's 'Modern Languages and Linguistics' submission. In REF2014 the University of Manchester has been confirmed as a leading centre for research in Modern Languages and Linguistics, ranking third in the UK in terms of research power (an established criterion which values research quality in relation to the number of staff submitted). We achieved joint fourth in terms of the overall amount of 'world-leading' (4*) research activity and 80% of our research was judged to be in the highest two categories (4* or 3*). Specifically, 73% of our publications were judged as either 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*); moreover, 85% of our research activity achieved 'outstanding' (4*) or `very considerable¿ (3*) public impact in areas spanning policy, public discourse, education, cultural life and society. Our research environment was also judged to be strong, with 100% judged to be 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). 

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,260
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,130

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.

Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Rachel Corbishley
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 3559
Email
Website
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/modern-languages/research/postgraduate-research/chinese-studies/
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