PhD at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

Introduction to the Program

The PhD Program at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies 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 doctorate programme allows students to conduct in-depth research focusing on topics related to contemporary China. This includes a broad range of social sciences and business-related subjects as well as topics covering china policy which include:

  • politics
  • governance
  • economics
  • business
  • management
  • popular culture
  • media
  • culture
  • society
  • new media
  • international relations
  • history

To aid students in the transition to independent research and help them acquire certain basic skills, the School would normally expect students to take and complete a number of taught modules during their first year of study as directed by their supervisors and the Director of Doctoral Programme. The research training programme may include courses delivered within the School and the University depending on the specific subject research area of individual PhD candidates.

Each student will normally be assigned two academic supervisors who will provide guidance on the formal specification of the topic, the structure and organisation of the dissertation and the general direction of the research. Regular supervision helps to ensure that the research progresses in an appropriate way. Research may focus on any broad areas related to contemporary China. After enrolment, students discuss areas of interest with their supervisors and undertake research on a topic of their own choice. The majority of research topics are conducted from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Entry Requirements

If you apply to a PhD programme, you will generally need to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level (for applicants graduating from a university in the UK) or above (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

The following will be considered when making an offer:

  1. academic performance during the undergraduate and postgraduate study
  2. ranking and fame of the university where the applicant graduates from
  3. research papers published in international academic journals
  4. quality of the research proposal
  5. research potential and attitude
  6. Important awards granted before
  7. Very related work experience
  8. English proficiency

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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