Doctorate Degrees in Asian Studies

Compare 6 PhD Programs in Asian Studies

One of the most common doctoral degrees is the Doctor of Philosophy. This high-level program usually takes five or six years to complete. While the name may imply a study of philosophy, this degree can actually focus on a wide variety of topics.

What is a PhD in Asian Studies? A program focusing on Asian studies can look at film, art, history, economics or anthropology of this region of the world. Most PhD programs have an emphasis in research, in-class discussions and project work. The required courses for the degree can vary by school but may include elements of language and culture, topics in film, bodies at the border, China’s encounter with modernity, Zen Buddhism, themes and contexts of Tang poetry, southeast Asian bibliography and research methods, and history and methods of the academic study of religion.

Getting this doctoral degree can prepare students to take a leading role in international policymaking and relations. The research projects may help hone verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills and time management, which can make graduates more competitive candidates.

Students who want to know the cost of a PhD in Asian Studies need to contact the school they want to attend. Typical tuition can vary greatly because it depends on the location of the school and the duration of the program.

What type of career could a PhD in Asian Studies lead to? Some students go on to work at international or domestic levels in human resources, journalism, translation and interpretation, consultancy, arts management, tourism, media and marketing, and international organizations. Many students with a PhD enter the world of academia as a professor. However, the exact job students can get after graduation may depend on previous work experience.

Do some quick research to find a PhD program that best suits your needs, and then apply. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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PhD in Asian Philosophies and Cultures

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

The PhD consists of 36-semester units of coursework, plus two comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. The coursework consists of twelve units within the program, twelve units in Asian-themed electives, and twelve units of general electives. [+]

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures doctorate offer intensive study in the spiritual and philosophical traditions of South Asia, China, and the Himalayan regions, both with respect to classical and contemporary contexts.

The PhD consists of 36-semester units of coursework, plus two comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. The coursework consists of twelve units within the program, twelve units in Asian-themed electives, and twelve units of general electives.

Graduates of our PhD program are expected to:

1. Make an original and substantive contribution to the disciplines of Asian religion or philosophy.

Think independently to develop questions, concepts, and methodologies. Identify new research opportunities within these fields. Reflect critically upon the histories, tenets, and traditions in their major field. Keep abreast of current advances in these fields and related areas. ... [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in South East Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Department offers the widest coverage in Europe of research and teaching related to the languages and cultures of the principal countries of South East Asia. Its primary commitment is to the four languages Burmese, Indonesian/Malay, Thai and Vietnamese, and their literature, cinemas, and associated cultures. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters in cinema and gender, literary criticism, cultural history and postcolonial studies. It is a flourishing and friendly Department with close links to recent alumni. [+]

Research Degrees in South East Asian Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The Department offers the widest coverage in Europe of research and teaching related to the languages and cultures of the principal countries of South East Asia. Its primary commitment is to the four languages Burmese, Indonesian/Malay, Thai and Vietnamese, and their works of literature, cinemas, and associated cultures. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters in cinema and gender, literary criticism, cultural history and postcolonial studies. It is a flourishing and friendly Department with close links to recent alumni.... [-]


MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in South Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

SOAS has an international reputation for excellence in the field of South Asian studies earned by the world-leading research undertaken. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters on literature, cinema cultural history, and postcolonial studies. [+]

Research Degrees in South Asian Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

SOAS has an international reputation for excellence in the field of South Asian studies earned by the world-leading research undertaken. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters on literature, cinema cultural history, and postcolonial studies. The Department has two ERC grants: Francesca Orsini for the comparative study of the multilingual literary histories of North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa; while James Mallinson has one entitled “The Hatha Yoga Project: Mapping traditions of transnational physical yoga practice through philology and ethnography”. Amina Yaqin’s current research projects include a collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Pakistan and the University of East London for the ‘Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue’ research project funded by the RCUK. This follows on from an earlier AHRC funded international research network, ‘Framing Muslims’. Rachel Dwyer is CI on an AHRC funded International Network with the University of Leeds: Soft Power, Cinema, and the BRICS.... [-]


MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Japanese and Korean Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Department is able to supervise MPhil and PhD degrees by research and thesis in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Intending research students should not feel constrained to limit their choice of topics to those indicated against the names of current staff members (postgraduate students have recently been working on a range of topics that include Japanese cinema, Kabuki texts, modern Japanese linguistics and literature, Meiji historical texts, Korean linguistics, and literature, Korean colonial and eighteenth-century history). Research undertaken at MPhil and PhD level is based on literary, documentary, and archive material available at SOAS and also gathered during fieldwork in Japan and Korea. [+]

Research Degrees in Japanese and Korean Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The Department is able to supervise MPhil and PhD degrees by research and thesis in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Intending research students should not feel constrained to limit their choice of topics to those indicated against the names of current staff members (postgraduate students have recently been working on a range of topics that include Japanese cinema, Kabuki texts, modern Japanese linguistics and literature, Meiji historical texts, Korean linguistics, and literature, Korean colonial and eighteenth-century history). Research undertaken at MPhil and PhD level is based on literary, documentary, and archive material available at SOAS and also gathered during fieldwork in Japan and Korea.... [-]


MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Chinese and Inner Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Department is able to supervise MPhil and PhD degrees by research and thesis in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Intending research students should not feel constrained to limit their choice of topics to those indicated against the names of current staff members (postgraduate students have recently been working on such diverse topics as color symbolism in ancient Chinese texts, Chinese cinema, and Chinese Braille systems, and translation studies). If necessary, arrangements can be made for joint supervision with teachers from other departments of SOAS. Research undertaken at MPhil and PhD level is based on literary, documentary, and archive materials in the languages of the area and/or on fieldwork conducted in those languages. [+]

Research Degrees in Chinese and Inner Asian Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The Department is able to supervise MPhil and PhD degrees by research and thesis in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Intending research students should not feel constrained to limit their choice of topics to those indicated against the names of current staff members (postgraduate students have recently been working on such diverse topics as color symbolism in ancient Chinese texts, Chinese cinema, and Chinese Braille systems, and translation studies). If necessary, arrangements can be made for joint supervision with teachers from other departments of SOAS. Research undertaken at MPhil and PhD level is based on literary, documentary, and archive materials in the languages of the area and/or on fieldwork conducted in those languages.... [-]


PhD Programme in Cultural Studies in Asia

National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Campus Full time 18 - 60 months August 2018 Singapore

Cultural Studies in Asia is a field of teaching and research which challenges conventional disciplinary boundaries to rethink received knowledge [+]

Cultural Studies in Asia PhD Programme

Cultural Studies in Asia is a field of teaching and research which challenges conventional disciplinary boundaries to rethink received knowledge on existing issues and to address emergent concerns thrown up by the rapid changes and impact on cultural practices, brought on by new technologies and the new phase of global capitalism.

Adopting a multidisciplinary methodology, the Programme will provide teaching and research skills in the analysis of the flows and exchanges of popular cultural practices in contemporary Asia, across fluid and porous national and cultural boundaries.

The aims of this graduate programme are:

Promote specialist and expert study and research of contemporary cultural practices in Asia. Provide the necessary intellectual training that equips individuals for a variety of careers in the creative industry, in both the private and public sectors. ... [-]