PhD Culture Studies (School of International Communications)
Types of study
Full time /
3 years full time; 6 years part time
February or September each year
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.
Some possible (not exclusive) PhD supervision areas in the School of International Communications (you may also consider a combination of these areas).
digital culture and heritage
Southeast Asian studies
film and television studies
cultures of everyday life
online content business models
universal basic income
comparative creative studies
creativity in education
cognitive media theory
Japanese popular culture
comparative experience studies
film and sound
media and conflict
comparative mobile studies
digital media production
domestic and family studies
outsider in contemporary society
memory and emotion
To discuss your research proposal and possible application, please contact Dr. Mary Jane Ainslie at Mary.Ainslie@nottingham.edu.cn
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.
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:
- academic performance during the undergraduate and postgraduate study
- research papers published in international academic journals
- quality of the research proposal
- research potential and attitude
- 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
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.
2021 Application Deadlines and Registration Dates
|| Application Deadlines
|| Registration Dates
|| 30 October 2020
|| 22 February 2021
|| 11 June 2021
|| 11 September 2021
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.
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University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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