PhD in Politics

Introduction to the Program

The PhD in Politics at ECNU is a four year PhD degree program taught in English.

About East China Normal University

Founded in Shanghai in October 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is sponsored by the national programs “Project 211” and “Project 985”. For more information visit the ECNU page here.

About the Program

The Department of Politics at East China Normal University accepts applications from prospective students interested in pursuing a 2-year research-oriented Master’s of Art or 4-year Ph.D. in Politics. The program is based on ECNU’s main campus in Shanghai. Part-time, non-degree students are also welcome to apply for short-term studies leading to a graduate certificate or to complement studies elsewhere. The program focus is Chinese politics, and draws from the Department’s expertise in the areas of political philosophy, political history, political theory and systems, political communication and public relations, political education and participation, international relations, and research methods. Mandarin language learning support will be provided, and degree-seekers will be required to pass the HSK Level 4 Examination in order to graduate.

All courses will be taught in English, and Master’s students in the program will be required to successfully defend a thesis written in English. Doctoral candidates may submit their dissertations in English or Chinese. The Department boasts a robust, diverse faculty, many of whom have trained abroad or earned their doctorates or completed substantial post-doctoral or visiting scholar positions abroad. All are regular faculty at ECNU and will therefore be available to form strong mentorships as they teach, advise, direct student research, and help graduates embark on post-graduate opportunities.

The program applies the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to accommodate and integrate students from different cultures, backgrounds and capacities. This includes creating teaching environments for better instructional presentation and student engagement, doing in-service teacher training to implement multiple methods in teaching, engaging and assessing, as well as leveraging the latest technological innovations available.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

  • Master’s Degree
  • Scores from TOEFL, IELTS or other international or national English proficiency examinations (Alternatively, applicants can interview with program faculty directly and upon recommendation from faculty, the submission of formal test scores can be waived. A student whose native language is English or completes his or her undergraduate studies in English-based studies or institutions faces no requirement to demonstrate English language proficiency).

Application Deadline

15th June

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB30000 per year. The total for the 4 year program is 120,000 RMB.


There are four international student dorms on Zhongshan Rd. Campus: International Exchange Service Center, No.1 International Student Residence Hall, No.2 International Student Residence Hall, and No.12 Student Residence Hall. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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