The research degree provides training in a particular subject area through independent investigation, study and experimental work, culminating in the submission of a thesis on the research undertaken. A supervisor or supervisors will be appointed for each candidate. Candidates are required to attend appropriate lectures and sit for written examinations.
The following Masters and Doctoral degrees are awarded upon completion of the research programme:
- Master of Arts;
- Master of Social Sciences; or
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
In addition, there are two Joint Doctoral Programmes available with selected departments. Please click on the links for more details.
- Joint Doctor of Philosophy with King's College London
- Joint Doctor of Philosophy with University of Edinburgh
Teaching and supervision of graduate research students are undertaken by the following Departments / Programmes:
- Chinese Studies
- Communications and New Media
- Comparative Asian Studies *NEW*
- Cultural Studies in Asia
- English Language and Literature
- Japanese Studies
- Malay Studies
- Political Science
- Social Work
- South Asian Studies
- Southeast Asian Studies
All the departments/programmes offer a Semester I (August) intake. Some departments/programmes also offer a Semester II (January) intake. Please refer to Application & Application Periods for details.