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Course closed:

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies) is no longer accepting new applications.


Students who take the Japanese Studies research pathway are expected to work closely with their supervisor throughout the year on a thesis of not more than 25,000-words which is submitted by mid-August.

During the year, MPhil students attend various training opportunities offered by the Department in codicology, text reading, fieldwork and other skills. They are also encouraged to attend fourth-year undergraduate lectures and Faculty seminars, where relevant. They also attend graduate work-in-progress seminars where they have an opportunity to present their own work to their peers for feedback in a supportive environment. In consultation with their supervisor, students will also, where relevant, be encouraged to attend appropriate courses and seminars offered elsewhere in the university in subject areas related to students' research interests.

All prospective MPhil applicants are advised to peruse the staff profiles on our website to familiarise themselves with the research and teaching interests of staff members. Applicants should contact potential supervisors well in advance of their application by email, and discuss the proposed MPhil thesis topic both by email and either in person or by Skype.

One to one supervision

Ten hours per year.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.


Students taking the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies), working on a thesis of not more than  25,000-words to be submitted in mid-August, will receive feedback on their work throughout the year from regular one-on-one supervisions with their supervisor. Supervisors will produce feedback via online termly supervision reports. Students will receive feedback on their MPhil thesis results and overall degree results after the final Degree Committee meeting in September.


Thesis / Dissertation

For the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies), students will submit a thesis of not more than 25,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil theses must include a brief abstract at the start of the thesis of no more than 400 words.

Those students who take the MPhil by research will be required to take a viva examination (oral examination in person), which is normally held in September.

Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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