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PhD programme


Why should I study at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)?

We offer a variety of research opportunities from master of research degrees to doctoral work - the most advanced form of postgraduate study.

As a University of Nottingham postgraduate research student you will:

  • have close contact with academic staff
  • receive personal research supervision
  • work with either one or two academics, or as part of a research team

Research training is provided to support your work and to help you gain:

  • generic skills in research methodology
  • skills specific to your research area
  • a greater understanding of your subject as a whole

PhD supervision will be offered across the University, but with the focus on areas of research strength including:

Faculty of Business

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) China

Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Investment, Marketing, Finance, Economy, Management, Human Resource Management.

For research proposal discussion: Professor Pingping Fu: 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contemporary Chinese Studies

Politics, Governance, Economics, Business, Management, Popular Culture, Media, Culture, Society, New Media, International Relations, History.

For research proposal discussion, Dr. David O'Brien:


Higher Education, includes Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD, part time)

for research proposal discussion, Professor Anwei Feng:


Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Literary Studies, Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, Approaches/theoretical Orientations.

For research proposal discussion: Dr Derek Irwin:


International Trade, Labour/Health Economics, Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics.

For research proposal discussion, Dr Yibai Yang: 

International Communications

Media, Digital Media, Computer Games, Game Studies, Mobile Media Studies, Journalism, Documentary, Film/Cinema (including film philosophy), Cultural and Creative Industries, Cultural Policy, Critical and Cultural Theory, Irish and British Art, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Sport Cultures, Subcultures, Gender Studies, E-Learning, Public Sphere, Translation and Interpretation, Radio Studies, Language Pedagogy, Multimedia, Gender/Sexuality and Literature, and Convergent Journalism.

For research proposal discussion: Dr Nancy Liu:  

International Studies

International Relations, Comparative History and Politics, Area Studies, International Political Sociology, History, World History, History of Empires and Colonialism.

For research proposal discussion: Dr Ivaylo Gatev:

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Computer Science

Big Data and Visual Analytics, Computational Intelligence in Optimisation, Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science, Software Implementation, Testing and Evolution, Visual Information Processing

For more details, please visit the research page of the School of Computer Science.


Civil, Chemical, Electrical and Electronic, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical, Materials Engineering, Architecture, Sustainable Manufacturing Technology, Architectural Environment Engineering

Geographical Sciences

Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Soil Science, Environmental Management

Mathematical Sciences

Mechanical issues arising at the nanoscale, None-linear analysis, Matched asymptotic expansions, Numerical schemes for stochastic systems, Mathematical modelling of physical processes.

Faculty PhD programme Coordinators:

Dr Alan Conghua Wen:

Dr Chengbo Wang: