Master by Research in Korean Studies

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Reason for eligibility restriction: Timescle

Funding details: Fees and stipend

Duration: Full-time – 12 months fixed term

Application deadline: 31 March 2020

Interview dates: To be confirmed after application received.

Start date: May 2020

For queries contact: Dr Eunju Hwang


The Korean Studies Unit within the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity is looking for a Master by Research student who will contribute to Korean Studies.

Whilst Korean Studies usually focus on political studies, history and literature, Coventry University targets niche areas in Korean Studies such as economic history, economic development, political economy and cross-cultural management. Examples of possible research topics are as follows:

  • The impact of rapid social/economic changes on Korean business culture
  • Korean Chaebol companies
  • Economic development
  • Korean corporate culture and cross-cultural management
  • East Asian politics focusing on Korea
  • Korea-Africa relationship
  • Saemaul Undong and developing countries
  • Korean FDI in developing countries
  • Business history/Economic history
  • Entrepreneurship and organisation theory

Other business/economics-related topics are also welcome.

The student will be part of the research activities and events of the Korean Studies Unit as part of their studies.

It is therefore required that students reside in Coventry and become part of academic community.

Students will receive an annual tax-free bursary of £15,009 plus tuition fees paid at the Home / EU rate for a year (12 months). The scholarships are strictly for a May  (2020) starter.


UK/EU Tuition fees and UKRI equivalent stipend


  • Our research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research and facilities.
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  • Free training: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods and research supervision.
  • Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average.

  • Knowledge and/or experience in the subject
  • The Master dissertation must be completed by the end of the programme
  • It is desirable that candidates can evidence their commitment to research in the form of publications of some kind (for example journal or conference papers).
  • The Korean language skills are desirable, however, not essential.
  • Students are willing to learn the Korean language and culture.
  • Students must reside in Coventry to be part of academic community at Coventry University.
  • Students will be part of the research activities and events of the Korean Studies Unit as part of their studies.

How to apply

Apply online, submitting application form, full supporting documentation, covering letter, a 2,000-word proposal addressing the research themes and an example of written work such as coursework.

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