Doctoral study in Chinese

Why study with us?

We have the largest group of China specialists in New Zealand.

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 the following topics:

  • Contemporary Chinese politics (particularly popular resistance and political economy) and foreign policy
  • Democratisation and human rights
  • Chinese films and popular culture, including culture during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976)
  • Chinese history
  • Chinese youth culture
  • Chinese religion
  • Chinese language teaching
  • Chinese linguistics
  • Chinese dialects

Our people

We are the largest group of China specialists in New Zealand, with research and teaching emphasising modern Chinese language and contemporary developments.

Past research topics

  • "Masculinity and the nation: Film narratives of the nation in 1930s and 1980s China" | Supervised by Professor Paul Clark
  • "Redefining a new cinema: A textual study of Chinese new-generation films" | Supervised by Professor Paul Clark
  • "City-to-city cooperation in China: Its formation and mechanism" | Supervised by Dr Stephen Noakes

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your doctoral studies in Chinese:

Help and advice

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

If you would like to find out more about doctoral study in Chinese, you can contact our PhD Adviser.

Apply for doctoral study