Key information


PhD Education, PhD English Studies (School of Education and English)

Types of study

Full time / Part time


3 years

Start date


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. 

We teach postgraduate programmes designed to fully prepare the rising stars in the education sector for the challenges of a rapidly-transforming system. Our experts design courses suited to the unique requirements of individual institutions that would like to ensure that their professionals are abreast of the latest developments, practices and strategies in the field.

You can find out information about some of our School’s current and recent PhD students here.

(As an alternative to the PhD, the School of Education and English does also offer a Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme, designed for experienced education professionals to develop the critical knowledge and skills necessary to undertake their own research and thereby improve their educational practices and contexts. Please check the webpages on the EdD to find out more.)

Research interests

Currently, we are prepared to support potential projects in the following areas:

  • intercultural, business and professional communication, including meeting interactions, gender, conflict, problem solving and decision making, and English for healthcare professionals
  • psycho- or neurolinguistics, particularly in regard to second language processing using EEG
  • relational language (or politeness) in spoken or digital discourse, English or Chinese
  • learner corpus research, language testing and assessment, second language writing, English for academic purposes, and vocabulary
  • media translation, sociocultural meanings of translation, translation of culture-related texts, conference interpreting, and pedagogy in translation and interpreting
  • gender and translation, translation of feminist or women’s writing, memory and translation, translation (in) history, museum text translation
  • bilingual language development and assessments, motivational studies of young learners of English
  • qualitative research using metaphor and narrative analyses
  • systemic functional linguistic approaches to unique data, particularly literary or dramatic texts
  • multimodal interaction, particularly in the Chinese pedagogical context
  • agency in language
  • English language teaching
  • syllabus and curriculum design
  • syllabus and curriculum design
  • language policy and planning
  • global Englishes
  • technology assisted language learning
  • Educational Leadership and Management
  • Policies and Implementation of Policies
  • Teacher Education
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Research in Education (action research and other research methods)


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). 

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7.0(minimum 6.0 in all elements)
  • PTE Academic: 67(minimum 55)

  • TOEFL (IBT): 100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

How to apply

Key dates

We welcome top quality applications all year round. You are encouraged to apply for March, but preferably September intake for induction purposes. 


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


Graduate School enquires

Room 340-341, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


Dr Ricky Jeffrey

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China