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Postgraduate research in Chinese Studies

We offer a range of research specialisms in the study of modern and contemporary China and the larger sinosphere, and encourage an inter-disciplinary approach to research.

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Home to branches of two of the world's most prestigious linguistic institutes: the Confucius Institute and the Goethe-Institut Examination Centre.

View our range of programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.


Finding a supervisor

As a postgraduate research student in Chinese Studies, you will have access to supervisors who specialise in a broad range of topics related to modern and contemporary China. 

Our supervisors and their specialisms can be found below.

Dr Heather Inwood

Supervises research in:

  • Chinese literature;
  • Culture and media, especially (but not limited to) contemporary Chinese-language popular culture;
  • Poetry;
  • Genre fiction, participatory media, theories and discourses related to narrative and poetics;
  • Youth culture;
  • Online society;
  • Intermediality/transmediality.

Dr Christopher Payne

Supervises research in:

  • Modern and contemporary literary-cultural production in the sinosphere, particularly those that explore nonmainstream, nonhegemonic constructions of otherness;
  • Ecocritical themes in sinophone cultural production;
  • Visual arts in and across the Asian continent (including China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia).

See Christopher's full academic research profile

Dr William Schroeder III

Supervises research in:

  • Queer China;
  • Affect;
  • Sexuality;
  • Globalism;
  • Kinship;
  • Play.

Current PhD students

Here's what some of our current students are researching:

  • Yi-Chi Chiu – ‘The Scenario of Anti-Urbanization in Taiwan's Postmodern Literature’
  • Yifan Jin – ‘The Uglified China: On the Chinese Images in Timothy Mo's Novels’
  • Congshuo Li – “Revolutionary' and `Counter-Revolutionary': Modernist Women Writers in the Context of Revolutions’
  • Sheng Qu – ‘China’s Post-80s Generation and Cultural Memory: Young Nostalgia in Chinese Popular Culture’