PhD & Post-Doctorate Programmes

We encourage applications for PhD by research.  Departmental staff are willing to consider research proposals in a range of areas. For staff specialisms see our staff profiles.

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, major considerations being the candidate’s proven academic ability and the viability of the proposed research project.

The PhD programme allows students to develop academic expertise in a particular area of interest relating to China, Korea or Japan. The programme will be of particular interest to graduates in social sciences and humanities preparing for a career involving interaction with Asia.

Candidates for PhD should be able to provide appropriate evidence of previous academic achievement: 2.1 MA in a related area; language level will be assessed before entry.

Further information:

PhD Fellowship for Korean Studies

The Irish Institute of Korean Studies, University College Cork, is offering one scholarship in Korean Studies which will cover the amount of the first two years of PhD fees for EU students (€5,770 per annum (subject to change) for either EU or International students; please note that international students will have to pay the balance of International fees).

Read more here:

Korean Studies scholarship 2023

PhD Bursary for Asian Studies

PhD students registered in the Department of Asian Studies are eligible to apply for €1,000 research funding per year. Further details from your supervisor or

PhD in Chinese Studies Video

Watch the video below for a student's perspective on studying for a PhD in Chinese Studies in University College Cork (UCC).

Department of Asian Studies

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