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My time as an MPhil student of Japanese Studies is one I will treasure forever. The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is comprised of leaders in the field who not only challenged and inspired me with consistent and constructive supervision, but supported me throughout my Cambridge journey. The Faculty also cultivated a positive and contagious sense of curiosity and ambition in our cohort, whilst guiding a pursuit of academic excellence. The seminars were structured to encourage collaboration and taught us to approach topic discussions with critical and innovative thinking. I will always be thankful for the chance I had to learn from such a talented student cohort and the kindness and encouragement the Faculty showed me during this exciting and rewarding year.

Rachel Williams (September 2022)

Undertaking the MPhil program in Japanese Studies at FAMES, Cambridge was the best decision of my life. The program was highly rigorous and intellectually stimulating, offering a wide range of classes that catered to students with diverse research interests. This allowed me to customise my program to my specific needs and goals, broadening my knowledge and expanding my horizons. Additionally, I had the privilege of being immersed in the fun of Japanese comedy with a Rakugo master from Japan, invited by the department.

The best part of my experience at Cambridge, however, was the people. Throughout the entire program, I felt incredibly supported by everyone in the department, from the faculty members to my peers. The faculty members were always available to offer guidance and mentorship, while my senpai’s constructive feedback on my dissertation helped me improve and refine my work. My fellow students were always there for me when I needed them. The unwavering support that I received from everyone helped me thrive in the MPhil program and made my year at Cambridge a life-changing experience that I will always cherish.

Mariah Zhong (September 2022)

Doing my MPhil at the AMES faculty was an absolute joy, and I felt welcome and at home despite arriving in the middle of the pandemic. The balance of taught modules and independent research gave me structure without being overbearing, and my instructors always gave useful and constructive feedback on my submissions. Dr Young supervised my dissertation, and I’m endlessly grateful to her for pushing me when I needed to be pushed, and supporting me when I needed to be supported! Overall, I would highly recommend the course.

Melissa Jane Lewis (September 2021)

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11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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