Doctoral study in Asian Studies

Why study with us?

We are home to New Zealand’s largest group of specialists on Asia. You can develop your knowledge of Asia from different perspectives, and we encourage you to take a multi-disciplinary approach.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from: financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding; high-calibre supervision practices; and the networks and expertise of our world-class academic researchers.

Research opportunities

We welcome PhD research proposals in areas such as:

  • Asian diaspora communities
  • Chinese films and popular culture, including culture during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)
  • Chinese history
  • Chinese youth culture
  • Education and migration
  • Globalisation and transnationalism in Asia
  • Heritage language education
  • Japanese popular culture
  • Japanese history
  • Language and identity in Asia
  • Nation-building and nationalism in Asia
  • Politics and religion in the Asia-Pacific
  • Religious movements in Asia

Our people

We bring a variety of different perspectives to our research on Asia. Our diverse academic interests include history, politics, sociology, linguistics, literature, gender and cultural studies and film. We also specialise in a range of countries, cultures and languages.

Past research topics

  • "From accommodation to condemnation: The Catholic Church of Japan and Yasukuni Shrine" | Supervised by Professor Mark Mullins
  • "Discourses of women's participation in the labour force through the lens of Japanese TV dramas" | Supervised by Dr Rumi Sakamoto
  • "Korea's growing role(s) on the world stage: South Korean identity and global foreign policy in the early 21st century" | Supervised by Dr Changzoo Song
  • "Guides for the nourishment of life: Sugita Genpaku and the Yojoron genre" | Supervised by Dr Ellen Nakamura
  • "Masculinity and the nation: Film narratives of the nation In 1930s and 1980s China" | Supervised by Professor Paul Clark

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in Asian Studies.

Help and advice

For help with enrolling in your PhD you can contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to discuss your plans for your doctoral research you can contact our PhD Adviser.

Apply for doctoral study