Double degree programmes

In the School of East Asian Studies we offer two double degree programmes to a small number of students each year.

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These programmes allow you to spend at least one year of your PhD studying and undertaking research at The Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University, Japan or The Department of Political Science and International Relations, Yonsei University, South Korea depending on your research interests.

At the end of your degree you will be awarded a degree from Sheffield and Tohoku, or Yonsei University.

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Tohoku University Cross-National Doctoral Course

The Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Sheffield University and the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), run a highly successful ‘double degree’ PhD programme.

This innovative cross-national programme equips students with the skills needed to compete in the globalized market for academic and other skilled jobs.

The ‘double brand’ of Sheffield and Tohoku has proven attractive to both students and employers. Doctoral researchers who have been awarded their PhDs are now employed at prestigious universities in Denmark, Germany and Japan.

The Tohoku Double Degree Programme is a three-year doctoral programme offering international access to a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment with Japan's highest ranked university in the THE World University Rankings 2020.

Sheffield doctoral researchers participating in the Double Degree Programme spend the first and third years of their degree here in Sheffield, and their second year as doctoral candidates at Tohoku University.

Upon successful completion of their third year of studies, students will be conferred a PhD degree by both universities on the basis of the same doctoral thesis, usually written in English, and a joint oral examination.

Funding

As part of the Joint PhD programme, the two universities waive the fees of doctoral researchers during their enrolment at the partner university. Students who register at Sheffield for the double degree will not pay fees to Tohoku during the period of their registration.

The universities of Tohoku and Sheffield award scholarships open to international competition. Currently the value of the scholarship (stipend as Research Assistant) for the period at Tohoku is about 130,000 Yen per month and an annual research grant of up to 100,000 Yen.

All students from Sheffield have so far been successful in their application for the Tohoku scholarship and annual research grant, based on their high-quality and clearly defined PhD projects.

Eligibility 

Students in the first year of the PhD in the School of East Asian Studies whose research interests are in a field related to the History, Politics, Society, Law, and Economics of Japan and East Asia.

Applications to this programme are only open to current students in their first year of study with us. If you are interested in this opportunity please speak to your supervisor.


Yonsei University Double Degree Programme

The Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Sheffield University and the Department of Political Science of Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea) offer a Double Degree Programme to a small numbe of students each year.

The ‘double brand’ of Sheffield and Yonsei will enhance the degree holders’ opportunities in job markets in academic and other related professional careers upon completion of their dual degree.

The SEAS-Yonsei Double Degree Programme takes three or four years to complete and combines residence in Sheffield and Seoul. As one of top universities in East Asia, Yonsei offers an excellent doctoral program with strength on politics and international relations of Korea, and East Asia and the Pacific region.

Sheffield doctoral researchers participating in the Double Degree Programme spend the first year in Sheffield, and their remaining years at Yonsei and Sheffield, allocating their time at each institution depending on their research and training needs. Students are required to spend the last semester of their doctoral studies at Yonsei University.

Upon successful completion of their studies, students will be conferred a PhD degree by both universities on the basis of the same doctoral thesis, usually written in English, and a joint oral examination (conducted at Yonsei University, with a Sheffield academic staff in the examination team).

Funding

As part of the Double Degree Programme, the two universities waive the fees of doctoral researchers during their enrolment at the partner University. Students who register at Sheffield for the Programme will not pay fees to Yonsei during the period of their registration.

Yonsei University will also offer some financial support to cover a part of students’ living cost in Seoul.

Eligibility

Students in the first year of the PhD in the School of East Asian Studies whose research interests are in a field related to the Politics, International Relations, Contemporary Political and International History of Korea, East Asia, and US-Korean relations among other similar topics.

Applications to this programme are only open to current students in their first year of study with us. If you are interested in this opportunity please speak to your supervisor.

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