Doctoral study in Korean

Why study with us?

We are the only New Zealand university to offer a comprehensive programme in Korean language 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:

  • Teaching Korean as a second/foreign language
  • Heritage language education
  • Korean classics concerning the relationship between culture and environment
  • Nation-building, identity and language in Korea
  • Korean diasporas and identity issues

Our people

Our language teaching specialists work alongside researchers in traditional Korean geographical knowledge and on contemporary Korean society, including Korean migration world-wide.

Past research topics

  • "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea: A radical approach to identifying types of resistance" | Supervised by Dr Changzoo Song
  • "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
  • "Ethnicity and opportunity: Korean entrepreneurship in the Argentine garment industry" | Supervised by Dr Changzoo Song

Scholarships and awards

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

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 Korean, you can contact our PhD Adviser.

Apply for doctoral study