MA by Research in Japanese

This MA by Research in Japanese Studies at Oxford Brookes University provides an excellent opportunity for students to obtain a Masters qualification focussed on a research project of particular interest to themselves, whilst benefitting from all the facilities, training, research seminars and support from and experienced and dedicated team with extensive research expertise.

The Japanese Studies Department offers research expertise in a wide range of interests, including linguistics (including language teaching), film, religion, social anthropology, and modern history.

The main research areas relevant to this degree are:

  • Second language acquisition of Japanese
  • Japanese language teaching in the European context (CEFR)
  • Classical and contemporary Japanese cinema, manga and anime
  • Japanese religious history and/or contemporary practices
  • Modern Japanese history
  • Anthropology of ageing and health
  • Anthropology of gender and the body

Programme structure

The MA by Research in Japanese Studies builds on the Department’s expertise to support a unique and clearly focussed programme of study. You will have the opportunity to develop a high level of subject knowledge, together with the ability to develop and undertake independent research in your own particular area of interest. The programme will be attractive to applicants seeking to pursue intellectual interests and develop skills beyond first degree level for further personal or professional reasons. The MA by Research route is also designed to prepare you to undertake further research at MPhil or PhD level.

Supported by a comprehensive programme of research training, you will embark on a substantial piece of independent research guided by your supervisors during regular supervisory meetings. Having critically investigated and evaluated an approved topic, a thesis of up to 30,000 words will be presented for examination and this will include an oral examination where you will defend your thesis to the satisfaction of the examiners.