Key information



Types of study

Full time / Part time


Full-time: normally 3-4 years / Part-time: normally 6-8 years

Start date

February or September each year

Programme overview

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). Supervision between the campuses will be settled for each individual student.

Research interests

Some possible (not exclusive) PhD supervision areas in the School of International Communications (you may also consider a combination of these areas).  

  • Disciplines/Fields

    Media studies Cultural studies Internet studies
    Actor network theory Creative industries Digital media
    Game studies    
  • Topics

    Celebrity persona Political economy of celebrity Fan cultures
    Fan production and consumption Online swarms Meme warfare
    Blockchains and crypto culture The internet of things Anonymous online groups/online extremism
    Transmedia Media convergence Digital platforms
    Online video distribution Gender Sexuality
    Creative/Filmmaking Practices Cinema Studies (Indian/Bollywood, Asian, American) Celebrity Culture
    Screen Production and Performances Intangible Cultural Heritage (Folk and Cultural Traditions and Practices, Folk Festivals) Mobile & Online Storytelling
    Caste and Race Issues Multi-Media Exhibitions & Film Curation  

Postgraduate Research Director

To discuss your research proposal and possible application, please contact Dr Vikrant Kishore at

How to find a supervisor

For information about the specific research interests and publications record of academic staff within the School of International Communications please go to their personal profiles on the university website of the School under People

Entry requirements

If you apply to a PhD programme, you will generally need to hold an honours degree at 2.1 and a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject (or international equivalent). 

The following will be considered when making an offer:

  1. academic performance during the undergraduate and postgraduate study
  2. research papers published in international academic journals
  3. quality of the research proposal
  4. research potential and attitude
  5. English proficiency  

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all elements)
  • PTE Academics: 71 (minimum 65)
  • TOEFL (IBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

* Grades/scores are valid for a maximum period of two years prior to the date of registration.

Applicants from the following countries or have studied for a degree there (excl. split site degree programmes) are NOT required to submit any further evidence of English language ability:

  • Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica;
  • New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; United States of America.

How to apply

Key dates

We welcome top quality applications all year round. You are encouraged to apply for March, June or December but preferably September intake for induction purposes. To ensure you will be able to register on your intended date, please submit your application at least 2 months in advance.

2024-25 Academic year (for self-funded applicants)

  Application Deadlines Registration Dates
Sep 2024 (MRes, EdD and PhD)  10 June 2024 14 Sep 2024
Feb 2025 (PhD only) 31 Oct 2024 17 Feb 2025


How to apply

Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for postgraduate research.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees are adjusted annually and are set for each individual degree. Please follow the Gradaute School's fee information for details.


The School awards a full PhD scholarship once a year. Note that competition for this scholarship is very strong and students are advised to explore additional external sources of funding. Please see the University's PhD scholarships pages for further information. 

More information

PhD coordinator

To discuss your research proposal and possible application, please contact Dr Vikrant Kishore at

Student Recruitment and Admission Office (before application submission)

Room 231, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0) 574 8818 0182

Graduate School (after application submission)

Room 451-2, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China