MPhil in Japanese Studies

Students who successfully complete the MSc year, may progress to the second, MPhil year, during which they will do an advanced research methods course, a further language course, one more course about Japan (two in the case of those who do not take the language course), and a 30,000 word thesis to be handed in by 12 noon on Monday of the fourth week of Trinity Term.

The primary aim of the MPhil programme is to prepare students for subsequent doctoral work but it is also appropriate preparation for a wide range of careers.

The options available to MPhil students are the same as those listed on the MSc in Japanese Studies.

Transferring from the MSc to the MPhil Programme or from the MPhil to the MSc Programme

First-year MPhil students and first-year MSc students considering changing their programme of study to the MSc or MPhil respectively must submit the “Application for Change of Programme of Study” by the end the week 9 of Hilary Term.  Students should make their decision to switch programmes in consultation with their supervisor.


The application deadlines for 2018/19 entry are 19 January 2018, 12 noon UK time and 9 March 2018, 12 noon UK time.

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