PhD at the School of International Communications

Introduction to the Program

The PhD Programme at the School of International Communications 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 PhD programme offers flexible supervision between the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China and the University of Nottingham (UK). Students will be registered at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, and graduates will be awarded a University of Nottingham (UK) degree, which is also recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Depending on the proposed area of research, students may be required to spend part of their studies at the University of Nottingham (UK).

Some possible (not exclusive) PhD supervision areas in the Faculty of Arts and Education

(you may also consider a combination of these areas)

  • Creative industries
  • Political communication
  • Chinese journalism and news media
  • Digital, mobile and social media
  • Critical theory
  • Translation
  • Public sphere theory
  • Computer games
  • Film and cinema
  • Film philosophy
  • Deleuze studies
  • Popular culture
  • Communication and technology
  • Gender, sexuality and media
  • Sport and media
  • Subcultures and media
  • Bodies, emotions, affect and media
  • Health and communication
  • Cultural history
  • Everyday cultures and life
  • Identities and media
  • Self and society
  • Digital media and cultural institutions (e.g. libraries, archives, etc).

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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