PhD at the School of Computer Science

Introduction to the Program

The PhD Programme at the School of Computer Science at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is a a three to four-year postgraduate degree program taught in English.

About UNNC

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by The University of Nottingham with cooperation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

The University of Nottingham is in the top one percent of more than 7,500 higher education institutions worldwide and league tables consistently rank the University highly. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

The School of Computer Science offers PhD and MPhil research degrees. Both should be viewed as preparation for careers in research and development.

Research groups

Big Data and Visual Analytics Lab

The Big Data and Visual Analytics Lab focuses on acquiring, processing and visualising datasets that are important to the understanding of various disciplines within science and engineering, and the arts and humanities.

Computational Intelligence in Optimisation

The Computational Intelligence in Optimisation group is concerned with developing mathematical models and intelligent methods and systems for complex real-world optimisation problems in the era of big data.

Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

This group focuses on the development and analysis of the theoretical foundations of computer science, which include, but are not restricted to, subjects such as computability and complexity in analysis, semantics of programming languages (domain theory, category theory), type theory and functional programming.

Software Implementation, Testing and Evolution

Formally established in 2014, the Software Implementation, Testing and Evolution group looks at all aspects of the software lifecycle, including requirements engineering, design, implementation, testing and maintenance.

Visual Information Processing Laboratory

The Visual Information Processing Laboratory develops computer vision and image processing technologies to solve practical problems, to improve productivity and to enhance everyday life.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for PhD should ideally have a first class degree but need at least an upper second class degree (2:1) or equivalent.

Those whose first language is not English are asked to fulfil the following English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
  • TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking)
  • CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of “Pass”

Start Date of the program


Application Deadline

Applications can be made throughout the year, although you must allow at least one month for processing your application before the commencement of the programme.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB90000 each year. The total tuition fee for the 4 year program is 360000 RMB.


The University has several buildings designated for international students, building 11, 18 and 20. All rooms are fully furnished and equipped with air conditioning and a telephone and computer point; enabling students to make and receive telephone calls and access the University’s data network from their bedrooms. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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