Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MH02Q (FT), MH03Q (PT)

CAO Points :

The PhD in Chinese Studies offers research degree opportunities for students with specific interest in the fields of Chinese language, literature and culture. The research profiles of staff members are varied, covering cultural and literary analysis with particular emphasis on: Chinese nationalism and quest for national identity, the conflict and communication between China and the West, China’s sport policy and practice, Chinese martial arts, comparative philosophy, philosophy in literature, Chinese Buddhism.

September (or other agreed time)

MA in Chinese Studies (with at least a II.2 degree respectively), or equivalent.  Students who do not hold an MA or equivalent qualification (only admitted in exceptional cases) may be required to take modules from the SMLLC MA programme. Students may, in consultation with their supervisor and the Head of School, take additional MA modules.

Minimum English language requirements: 

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

The student, in consultation with his/her supervisor, will devise a research plan. It is advised that students also avail of the opportunity to take Language Specific modules (CN610, CN 620), Generic/Transferrable Skills modules (GST11, GST13, GST15 or other) and/or Subject-specific/Advanced Specialist modules (any of the CN84X modules, e.g. CN840, CN841 or CN842).

Modules to the value of at least 30ECTS over the duration of the programme can be taken form the following offerings:

The PhD in Chinese Studies equips students for a number of career paths. These include: teaching at various levels (including university), advisory functions in economic and cultural exchanges between China and Ireland (or Europe), business, politics, publishing, materials’ development, adult education and support, further study at postdoc level.


Online application only

PAC Code
MH02Q Full-time
MH03Q Part-time


The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport.

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