Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Asian Studies
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Arts
 

Overview

UBC's Asian Studies Department is the flagship Asian Studies department in Canada and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest in North America.

In many ways, UBC Asian Studies is a representative department within the Faculty of Arts. It has over 20 regular faculty, as well as an exceptionally well-qualified pool of instructors and sessional instructors.

In other ways, the program is in a league of its own. It has grown since its inception, but this growth became explosive during the 1980s and 1990s, reflecting the demographic shifts of Greater Vancouver. Where most of its counterparts at leading universities might offer instruction in Chinese, Japanese, and perhaps Korean, UBC Asian Studies adds Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Punjabi, and Indonesian to the list. We have by far the largest (and in terms of issues related to heritage language learning, the most complex) programs in Chinese and Japanese language in North America, with thousands of registrations between just these two.

 

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Career Outcomes

30 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; 1 is in a non-salaried situation; for 4 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 24 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
Simon Fraser University (2)
University of Lethbridge
Montana State University
City University of Hong Kong
Miyazaki Sangyokeiei University
SUNY New Paltz
Augustana College
Oita University
University of Macau
University of York
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Independent Scholar
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications2722242129
Offers597914
New registrations56337
Total enrolment3939394141

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 64% based on 22 students admitted between 2003 - 2006. Based on 11 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 4.66 years and the maximum time is 8.66 years with an average of 6.60 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Friday, 4 August 2017 - 9:00am - Room 202, Anthropology and Sociology Building ,6303 North West Marine Drive

Clayton Howard Ashton
To Rule by Ritual: The Theorization of Ritual Psychology in the Bamboo Texts of Guodian

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Baker, Donald Leslie (Cultural and religious history of Korea)
  • Chen, Jinhua (East Asian state-church relationships, monastic (hagio/)biographical literature, Buddhist sacred sites, relic veneration, Buddhism and technological innovation in medieval China, and Buddhist translations)
  • Chiu-Duke, Josephine (Chinese and Taiwanese history, political thought, human rights, democracy, intellectuals, Traditional Chinese social, intellectual and cultural history, specializing in T)
  • Fulton, Bruce (Literary translation, Modern Korean fiction, women)
  • Hur, Nam-Lin (Japanese, cultural foundations, religion, international relations)
  • King, Ross (Korean linguistics, dialectology,language pedagogy, history of language )
  • Laffin, Christina (Japanese literature, medieval Japanese history, women’s writing, Japanese women’s history, Japanese women’s education, travel writing, autobiography, diaries, wet nurses, narratology )
  • Li, Duanduan (Chinese linguistics, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, Chinese language and culture, second language acquisition, language socialization, Chinese heritage language education, bilingualism and multilingualism, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism, Second Language Acquisition, Heritage language Teaching and Learning, Language Socialization, Research Methodology, Technology in Language Teaching, Language Teaching Material, Development, Chinese Applied Linguistics)
  • Lynn, Hyung Gu (South Korea, North Korea, Japan, politics, economics, popular culture, society, international relations, Korea and Japan, ranging in chronological coverage from the late-19th century to the present, and in subject matter from international relations to contemporary popular culture)
  • Mostow, Joshua Scott (Inter-relations between text and image, especially in Japanese culture, Japanese women)
  • Nosco, Peter (17th-18th century Japan construction of individuality and individual identity during the early modern Tokugawa period)
  • Oberoi, Harjot Singh (South asia, how classical empires shaped the British Raj in India, critical theory, the formation of private libraries, law and society, transnational cultures, and complex systems)
  • Orbaugh, Sharalyn (modern Japanese culture (literature, film, manga, animation, kamishibai); East Asian women’s issues; anti-racist pegagogy, Japanese narrative and visual culture)
  • Rea, Christopher (Modern Chinese literature and cinema since the 19th century, Chinese cartoons and visual culture, Chinese print and popular culture, Chinese internet culture, humour and satire, Taiwan, Chinese culture, modern Chinese history, translation )
  • Rusk, Bruce (Cultural history of China, authenticity and forgery, transmission and preservation of knowledge, cultures of collection, book production, artistic reproduction, history of philology, writing systems, comparitive grammatology)
  • Schmidt, Jerry Dean (Classical Chinese poetry with emphasis on shi poetry of the Qing dynasty )
  • Shin, Leo (Later imperial China)
  • Slingerland, Edward (Asian Studies, Chinese philosophy, philosophy, religion, religion and conflict, secularism, spontaneity, ethics, science-humanities integration, interdisciplinarity, interdisciplinary research, Chinese thought, religious studies (comparative religion, cognitive science and evolution of religion), cognitive linguistics (blending and conceptual metaphor theory), ethics (virtue ethics, moral psychology), evolutionary psychology, the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences, and the classical Chinese language)
  • Swatek, Catherine (Chinese vernacular literature of the late imperial period, both fiction and drama)
  • Thobani, Sunera (Critical race, postcolonial and feminist theory )

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. JeongHye Son
    "Dr. Son examined the ways Koreans living in Japan transmit their Korean language to their children who were born in Japan. The study reveals Korean children are socialized into multiple perceptions of language and identities through everyday interactions with others. She highlights the relationship between their perceptions and identities and their language usage." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Eiji Okawa
    "Dr. Okawa explored how people in the past created order by overcoming conflicts, using the example of the Buddhist temple of Koyasan in Japan. He argued that the indescribable power of divine beings morphed onto their geography and was the source of order for a regional society before the advent of the early modern state at the turn of the 17th century." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Douglas Fairchild Ober
    "Dr. Ober studied the revival of Buddhism in modern India. He traced the ways that 19th and 20th century South Asians and Europeans rewrote and reinvented the very way we understand Buddhist history and practice. Dr. Ober's research, which is of interest to historians and practitioners alike, shows Buddhism's transformation in a modern, global age." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Benjamin Evan Whaley
    "Dr. Whaley studied how a selection of Japanese video games simulate and respond to issues of national trauma. While video games are often regarded solely as an entertainment medium, Dr. Whaley argues that specific design strategies promote empathy for real-world victims, teach valuable coping skills, and promote player self-reflection." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Wei Ting Guo
    "Dr. Guo examines how the extensive use of an extraordinary punishment gave rise to the culture of rough justice and significantly transformed the criminal justice system before the advent of Westernization. His research advances our understanding about law and violence in late imperial China." (November 2016)

Further Program Information

 
 

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 November 2017
International Applicant Deadline
30 November 2017

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