Postgraduate Research in Asian Studies

Asia is a vital region of the world today, with more than half the world's population. Asia is experiencing dynamic cultural and social transformations and astounding growth in economic power. The task of understanding Asia has become increasingly important, and requires research and teaching that has both depth and breadth, due to the ancient histories of Asian societies, the diversity of Asian languages and cultures, the importance of their early, colonial and postcolonial histories, and the complexities of their modern rural and urban societies.

The University of Sydney's research on Asia dates back to 1868, and the Department of Oriental Studies was established in 1918. Since then, the University has developed considerable resources in teaching and research in the languages, cultures, histories, societies, political economies, arts and literature of Asia, and now has a Centre for China Studies and is developing a Centre for Southeast Asian Studies.

The Asian Studies program draws on the expertise of staff of the School of Languages and Cultures in Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean Studies. Asian Studies particularly encourages interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of Asia in collaboration with the wide range of experts across the University. The University of Sydney holds a number of agreements with universities in Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Across those regions and cultures, staff areas of specialisation are especially diverse and span:

  • Mass media
  • Religion
  • Ancient thought and philosophy
  • Politics
  • State and society
  • Literature
  • History
  • Art

Research students have access to the faculty's Postgraduate Research Centres (PGARC), and to the special research collection at the Fisher Library.

For more information, visit the Asian Studies Program website.

Asian Studies postgraduate research programs

Click on the relevant link below for information about admission requirements, fees and how to apply.


Chair of Department

Matthew Stavros
Phone Number +61 2 9351 4805
Web Staff Page
Address Room 538
A18 - Brennan MacCallum
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Postgraduate Research Coordinator

Lionel Babicz
Phone Number +61 2 9351 6765
Web Staff Page
Address Room 546
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
A18 - Brennan MacCallum
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia