The University of Sheffield.
The University of Sheffield is rated in the top 100 by the QS World University Rankings, priding itself on research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world. With our academics producing world class and internationally recognised research, The University of Sheffield has developed a reputation for research quality. Central to this is our large body of postgraduate research students, over 2000 across our departments and over 600 in the Faculty of Social Sciences. By supporting and engaging with our postgraduate research community, we encourage a friendly, productive and inclusive atmosphere.
As part of The Faculty of Social Sciences, the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC@Sheffield) offers research training to support postgraduate research students at all stages of their work. Opportunities to access training at the University of Leeds and the University of York are also available as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) provision. The DTC facilitates networking between students and provides training in generic, advanced and transferable skills. There is a vibrant and expansive research community which produces doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.
School of East Asian Studies.
Consistently rated as a leading department in the field, the School of East Asian Studies is a centre of research excellence regarding Greater China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The department is a respected and established research institute, able to supervise a variety of specialisms and research topics. The department is also part of the collaborative White Rose East Asia Centre, an interdisciplinary research group at the forefront of Chinese and Japanese studies.
The research of our academics covers a range of key areas that outline the supervision on offer, these include; Business, political economy and development – particularly growth and institutional dynamics across the region; East Asian identities and culture – covering areas including regional cultural inter-relationships and migrations; Socio-economic change and transition – such as changing labour markets and middle classes in Japan and China; and finally the impact and effects of regionalisation and globalisation. Further research specialisms include applied linguistics, teaching Chinese as a foreign language and Japanese language training. There is also support for urban studies and developing urbanisation. Supervision is also on offer for international relations, including US-Korean relations, pan-regional security and stability, as well as contemporary Japanese foreign policy. Our academics also have interests beyond these specialisms, and will be willing to consider supervising research students with interesting proposals outside of these areas.
The School of East Asian Studies has a close knit research community. This means that thanks to a large number of academics in the department there is an excellent staff/student ratio, resulting in greater opportunities for support and focus from staff. Alongside this the department is often successful in securing funding for PhD scholarships; these are competitive and subject to availability.
Please visit the website for further details and information on applying: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/researchdegrees
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.