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. Christopher N. 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. Gregory Adam Scott

Supervises research in:

  • Modern Chinese Buddhism;
  • History of late-Imperial and modern China up to the 1960s, especially cultural, religious, ideological, social, and technological history;
  • Digital Humanities

See Gregory's full academic research profile

Current PhD students

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

  • Yilong Liu – ‘Queer Films and Affect in Contemporary China'