Doctoral study in Japanese

Why study with us?

Our research interests include Japanese language and linguistics, language teaching, and Japanese literature and culture.

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:

  • Japanese popular culture/media
  • Japanese social and cultural history
  • Expression of subjectivity in discourse in Japanese
  • Teaching Japanese as a foreign language
  • Cultural identity of youth with Japanese heritage
  • Japanese and Ryukyuan phonology (including accentuation)
  • Japanese and Ryukyuan linguistics and dialectology
  • Contemporary issues in Japanese religion and society
  • Christianity in Japan

Our people

Our teaching and research aims to further a critical understanding of Japanese language and culture from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Past research topics

  • "Cognitive semantics of the qualitative suffix in the Japanese spatial demonstratives koko, soko, and asoko: SPACE, THING, and TIME" | Supervised by Dr Harumi Minagawa
  • "Shaping the present, crafting the past: Imaging self-narrative in the life and work of Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)" | Supervised by Dr Lawrence Marceau and Dr Ellen Nakamura
  • "Ochikobore seishun shōsetsu: the portrayal of teenage rebellion in Japanese adolescent literature" | Supervised by Dr Hilary Chung and Dr Rumi Sakamoto
  • "Eating and drinking expressions in Mongolian: A corpus-based study" | Supervised by Dr Wayne Lawrence

Scholarships and awards

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

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 Japanese, you can contact our PhD Adviser.

Apply for doctoral study