Key information


PhD Culture Studies (School of International Communications)

Types of study

Full time / Part time


3 years full time; 6 years part time

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

cultural studies

experience studies

digital culture and heritage

game studies

journalism studies

virtual reality

Southeast Asian studies

media studies

mobile studies

creative industries

film and television studies

  • Topics

new media

literary theory

media management

hypertext theory

media theory

cultures of everyday life

soft power

film studies


political symbolism

online content business models

universal basic income

comparative creative studies



social media

creative industries

film history

newsroom convergence

media globalisation

augmented reality

Chinese literatures




creativity in education

digital economy



sport media

digital labour


horror film

production culture

cognitive media theory


Hallyu/Korean wave

Chinese media


experience industries



sport cultures




Japanese popular culture



critical theory

comparative experience studies


digital libraries


film and sound


public diplomacy


popular culture


Chinese gaming

digital copyright

mobile industries

Buddhist philosophy

digital identity

social networks

animal studies

media and conflict


artificial intelligence




comparative mobile studies

digital journalism


digital media production



global communication

media industries

domestic and family studies

outsider in contemporary society

memory and emotion

PhD coordinator

To discuss your research proposal and possible application, please contact Dr. Mary Jane Ainslie at


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.

2021 Application Deadlines and Registration Dates

   Application Deadlines  Registration Dates
February Entry  30 October 2020  22 February 2021
September Entry  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. 

More information

PhD coordinator

To discuss your research proposal and possible application, please contact Dr. Mary Jane Ainslie at

Graduate School

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

T. +86 (0) 574 8818 0182