Postgraduate research in Japanese Studies
Our diverse team of Japanese specialists offer in-depth research training on all aspects of modern and contemporary Japan, including gender, education, religion, society and history.
Our award-winning careers service provides a wealth of advice and skills development opportunities, including specialist postgraduate services, which can facilitate access to top-level jobs utilising your research expertise.
View our range of programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.
Finding a supervisor
Our postgraduate research students benefit from supervision across a range of fields, covering a broad range of Japanese research areas.
Our team's research interests include:
- History of gender in Japan
- History of science, technology and medicine in Japan
- Media discourse in Japan
- Contemporary Japanese society
- Religion in contemporary Japan
- East Asian cultural flows
- Social anthropology of Japan
- Education in modern and contemporary Japan
- Youth culture in Japan
- Gender and feminist studies in Japan
- Crime fiction
- Philosophy of language
- Japanese language and linguistics
- Translation theory
Current PhD students
- Karl Andersson - 'Disrupting desires and identities among fans of shota comics in Japan'
- Robert Hume - 'Language, identity, social policy and community-level language revival movements among indigenous ethnic groups in far eastern Russia and northern Japan'
Past PhD students
- Aura Di Febo - ‘Japanese New Religious Movements' Welfare Activities. Rissho Koseikai as a Case-Study’
- Yumi Dunbar - 'History Education in Contemporary Japan: An Examination of Teaching and Learning about Imperialism and War'
- Mareike Hamann - ‘The Changing Grammatical Usage of Mimetics in Japanese’
- Paulina Kolata – ‘The Ongoing Problem of Religious Decline and the loss of Spiritual Identity - What is the Relationship between Religion, Region and Communal Identity in Japan Today?’
- Fabiana Marinaro - 'Japan's Precariat and the Renegotiation of Japanese Employment Law'
- Sally Marshall - 'The Epistemological Paradox of Translating Autobiography: A Comparison of Evidential Stance in Translated vs. Non-Translated Autobiographies'
- Anna Seabourne - 'Teaching and Learning in a Japanese koryū dōjō: A Classical Martial Art as a Community of Practice'
Find out about the bursaries, scholarships and studentships available to support postgraduate research.
Information about applying for a postgraduate research degree in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
Our dynamic Japanese Studies research department has been established in Manchester since 2007.
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Translation and Intercultural Studies
We offer postgraduate research supervision across our languages in collaboration with our Translation and Intercultural Studies experts.
Linguistics and English Language
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