PhD Chinese Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

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

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. 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

Find out how to apply for this programme .

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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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'

Our PhD Chinese Studies programme will enable you to undertake a significant piece of research that aligns with our interests in a wide range of areas.

Our research 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.

Specialisms include:

  • Chinese nationalism and transnationalism;
  • Chinese social and business networks;
  • China's interactions with its Asian neighbours and the West in the modern era;
  • relationship between the state and intellectuals after 1978;
  • changing images of China in the world; history and theory of translation from Chinese into European languages in the 18th-early 20th centuries;
  • the relationship between translation, the rise of sinology as an academic discipline in France and England, developments in translation theory of the time, rivalry between European nations in the 19th century, and the rise of racist discourses which asserted European supremacy;
  • crime fiction in Chinese and English;
  • privatisation and economic regulation in utility industries in developing countries, regulatory impact assessment, foreign direct investment in infrastructure industries in middle- and low-income countries, poverty reduction and regulatory reform in public utilities, and regional development disparity.

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 north-west.

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 Rylands Library holdings are a unique collection of late imperial and early modern texts, art and objects that provide fecund ground for further research.

We also run a regular research seminar series in East Asian Studies, and postgraduate students contribute significantly to the running and content of both.

Find out more about our research , our staff and what our current postgraduate research students are working on.

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,327
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,163

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

School/Faculty
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/
School/Faculty

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