PhD

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 29.6k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 48.6k / Academic year(s) Deadline: May 31, 2021
StudyQA ranking:305 Duration:3 years

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The PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a "three year course" consisting of individual supervisions and guided research. Students are given guidance in areas specific to their subject and in advanced research methods. In the Easter term of the first year, students submit a PhD Progress Examination, which usually consists of a Critical Essay and a General Statement about progress to date and the likely course of their future research.

Further information about the following pathway options can be found on the Faculty's website:

  • PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese Studies)
  • PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (East Asian Studies)
  • PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Hebrew Studies)
  • PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Korean Studies)
  • PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Japanese Studies)
  • PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies)
  • PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Sanskrit and South Asian Studies)

Learning Outcomes

At the end of each PhD programme, students will be expected to have:

  • acquired the ability to read, interpret  and translate primary sources fluently into their subject area (both spoken and written);
  • acquired an excellent knowledge of the general scholarship on their chosen research topic;
  • acquired an in-depth and focused knowledge of the secondary literature relevant to the subject of their thesis;
  • developed the ability to formulate original research questions and produce a well-constructed, argument to answer them, in the form of an independent piece of research based on the use of primary and secondary sources;
  • acquired the skills to use library and internet resources independently.

Continuing

Students who wish to continue onto the PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will need to achieve the continuation mark of 67% overall in their current MPhil degree and satisfy any pre-existing requirements also set by the Degree Committee i.e. English Language requirement.

One to one supervision

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

Feedback

The course consists of individual supervisions and guided research. Students are given guidance in areas specific to their subject area and in advanced research methods. Supervision is a very individual teaching method, students are therefore encouraged to contact their supervisors and discuss how regularly they will meet; how contact will be maintained; whether the supervisor or student should initiate contacts; what kinds of work should be submitted and when.

Assessment

Thesis

The PhD thesis must not exceed 80,000 words exclusive of footnotes, appendices and bibliography subject to an overall word limit of 100,000 words exclusive of bibliography. An oral examination (viva voce) is required.

  • Magistr (Master's Degree) at Pass level. Diploma Specialista (completed post-1991) with a minimum overall grade of good or 4/5 Bachelor's from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and other prestigious institutions with an overall grade of 4/5 Bologna Bachelor's from other institutions with an overall grade of 5/5, Excellent
  • Diploma Specialista (completed post-1991) with a minimum overall grade of Excellent or 5/5 Bachelor's from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and other prestigious institutions with an overall grade of 5/5
  • IELTS (Academic) 7.5
  • TOEFL Internet Score 110
  • £50 application fee
  • First Academic Reference
  • Second Academic Reference
  • Transcript
  • Sample of Work 
  • Research Proposal. All applicants must submit a separate research proposal with their PhD application.
  • Attainments in languages. Degree-level knowledge of the subject (language) the applicant intends to study is required.Applicants are required to list the languages they know and their level of competence.
  • Personal Reference
  • Global Education
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships
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