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PhD Study in Asia

From distinctive and diverse cultural traditions to cutting-edge technology and urban innovation, Asia has plenty to offer as a venue for PhD research.

Regions like Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea are already well-established as higher education hubs, whilst countries like China, Saudia Arabia and India are seeking to expand their university systems - and the numbers of international students they host.

Here you can access helpful introductions to PhD study across Asia, with information on universities, application procedures, visa requirements and funding opportunities.


International PhD students are at the heart of ambitious plans to grow the Chinese university sector.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an established economic and research hub, with a small, but highly respected, higher education system.

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Home to one of Asia's fastest-growing university systems, India offers unique research opportunities in a range of fields.

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Israel's world-leading research institutes and vibrant start-up culture are a great fit for ambitious PhD students.

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Japanese universities reflect their country's unique combination of cultural tradition and technological innovation.

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South Korea

A PhD in South Korea means the opportunity to live and research at innovative universities in some of the world's most high-tech cities.

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Investment in universities and research facilities has established Malaysia as a popular destination for PhD study.

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian universities aim to recruit the best of the best by offering full scholarships to all students.

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What Singapore lacks in size, it makes up for with stunning scenery - and some of Asia's best universities.

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United Arab Emirates

As one of the most wealthy nations in Asia, it's no surprise that UAE universities offer cutting-edge facilities for doctoral research.

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