What is the PhD application process for Chinese Universities?

Many students ask what is the PhD application process for Chinese Universities. Normally the process is different to other programs, such as Master’s. For the PhD it is usually necessary to find a supervisor.

We give free advice and consultation for all students who contact us about programs and your options.

Once we have checked and given you suggestions on which programs to apply, you can choose one of these two options:

1) You can send us your application documents and pay the University application fee, we will check, and approve your application and then you can find the supervisor, the instructions for finding the supervisor are below.

2) We can help you to manage the complete process and finding the supervisor through our PhD Application Service, the information is here.

We can provide a free initial consultation and advice on your options and how to apply, but because of the time involved, we are unable to assist with your PhD application without some commitment from you by paying the application fee or our PhD service fee.

The instructions for finding the supervisor are below:

1) Find 3 suitable supervisors from the University who would be suitable for your research proposal, and send to us to check and confirm.

2) Send the request for supervision for your thesis to these 3 supervisors please send to us to check. The draft letter is below, please personalise it, and make it unique to you.

Once you have found the suitable supervisor and have received the confirmation letter or email from them, please forward to us and we will then continue with processing your application so you can receive your official acceptance letter.


Draft Template:

Dear ,

I am from and I am applying to study PhD
and I wish to ask if you would
be my supervisor?

I attach a copy of my research proposal and would like to study , although this is a draft and I am quite flexible. I saw your profile
and thought you would be a good match for my research.

I attach a copy of my research proposal, CV and Application form and
my background to this email for your review. I am applying through China
Admissions and they have advised me on the program and studying in China
at your University.

I want to ask if you would be interested in being a supervisor for my
project? I should be grateful and privileged to benefit from your wide
experiences and expertise, as your PhD supervisee.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,


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7 responses to “What is the PhD application process for Chinese Universities?

  1. I am interested in studying PhD Curriculum Studies and Pedagogy in Northeast Normal University in China.
    I would appreciate it if I receive information on how to to go about my admission. Thanks

  2. Dear sir, i’m Muhammad Soahil from pakistan. I have graduated 2014 from swat university, pakistan. I have research worked at master level on ” nuclear physics” how to take admission their university.

  3. I am interested in PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Drug metabolism in particular), how do i go about finding a supervisor in that field.

    1. Hello,

      Thanks for contacting China Admissions,

      Please can you let me know:

      – Preferred Program/major & degree :
      – Your budget :
      – When you would like to start : March or September intake 2019 ?

      Please go ahead and register on our website: https://apply.china-admissions.com and let me know your application ID so I can check
      Click here to search for your program and check more information about the desired program(s) : https://apply.china-admissions.com/search/ to start your application

      Please complete the form below to register for free advice on studying in China.
      Click here : https://www.china-admissions.com/blog/register-for-free-advice-on-studying-in-china/

      For March 2019 Intake

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