Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

At the MPhil/PhD level, we aim for students to make the transition into fully fledged, independent academic researchers. Our doctoral programme is geared towards enabling research students to produce top'quality work that in one way or another questions the boundaries of the disciplines we work in and seeks to bring new materials, theories and methods into them. Becoming a successful academic researcher is achieved on the basis of a full appreciation of the hallmarks of good scholarship, such as original thought, the proper use of references and background material, appropriate use of methodology and reporting procedures, and it is these priorities that we aim to impart to our students. Once equipped with the generic and discipline'specific tools for carrying out research, you will pursue your particular research interests, supported by regular meetings with your supervisors and attendance at the MPhil/PhD seminars. We seek to create a mutually supportive environment, informed by discussion and dialogue.

Course Additional Entry

A good honours degree with a Japan'related subject as a main component. Graduates in other subjects may be asked to take a qualifying examination. You will need to submit a 2000'word research proposal prior to interview. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 7 years
Part Time
PhD £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 - 7 years
Part Time
PhD £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees