University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Graduate School
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How to Apply

*Important Notes:

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. If you are applying for a PhD scholarship, please refer to each scholarship's deadline. Students applying for the Faculty of Business, please click here.

2019 Application Deadlines and Registration Dates

  Application Deadlines Registration Dates
 Mar Entry  14 Jan 2019  14 Mar 2019
  Jun Entry  14 Apr 2019  14 Jun 2019
 Sep Entry  14 Jul 2019  14 Sept 2019
 Dec Entry  13 Oct 2019  13 Dec 2019


Step 1: Application Preparation

Applicants are strongly advised to prepare a detailed research proposal. You are encouraged to work and refine your proposal with the potential UNNC supervisor, who are listed on the website of each department/school. Your research proposal will also be used in assessing your application.

Step 2: Submit an Application

Please email scanned copies of the following documents to

  • A completed application form (all fields filled)
  • Copies of degree certificates for undergraduate and postgraduate studies with English translation (Xueli certificates are required too for applicants from Chinese universities). Applicants who obtained degrees from a Chinese university can provide the “online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate” in English obtained from China Higher Education Student Information (CHSI中国高等教育学生信息网) as an alternative of the English translation. 
  • Official transcripts with marks for all individual modules/courses from undergraduate and postgraduate studies (with official university stamp)
  • Two references must be emailed to directly by the referees and it’s the applicant’s responsibility to notify referees in advance. 
  • English Language test score report (IELTS/PTE academic etc.) if applicable (not required for native English speakers).
  • A research proposal (For Ed.D applicants, one academic writing is required instead of research proposal).
  • A copy of passport (international applicants) or ID card (Chinese nationals, both sides of Chinese ID cards required).
  • An electronic copy of passport-sized photo taken within three months of this application.
  • A brief CV (required for Ed.D applicants only).
  • A Personal Statement (required for Faculty of Business applicants only)
  • A copy of your Masters’ dissertation, or a published paper or conference paper, or a sample of your writing work (required for International Studies applicants only).
  • Any supporting documents to demonstrate the research potential, if applicable, e.g. published papers, conference papers, patents, etc.
All documents must be in English except the copy of Chinese national ID. If original documents are not in English, a translated English version is required in addition to the original one. An application missing any of these document (except for English language score) is incomplete and will not be considered.

Please quote the scholarship reference number in your application form if you are applying for any UNNC scholarship.


Step 3: After Application Submission

  • A confirmation email will be sent to you after receiving the application
  • Graduate School checks if the basic entry requirements are met and the application is complete.
  • Relevant academic departments/schools assess applications and make decisions.
  • Graduate School will email you about the programme application result 5-6 weeks after your full application is received.  If you apply for a UNNC scholarship, the result will be released via a separate letter 5-6 weeks after scholarship deadline. 

Step 4: Admission and Registration

  • Faculty of Business (FoB) have different requirements, please check FoB website for details.
  • Graduate School will email you about registration information before the start date.
  • Registration in person is required on the start date.
  • A compulsory induction programme will follow the registration.

Contact Details

Graduate School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Address: Trent Building Room 341, 199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo 315100 China

Tel: +86 (0)574 8818 1063


Next Registration Date

14 June 2019 (China Time)



Contact Details

Graduate School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Address: Trent Building Room 341, 199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo 315100 China

Tel: +86 (0)574 8818 1063 (before application submission)   +86 (0)574 8818 0000 (Ext.6417, after application submission)


Useful Links

Research Programmes

Entry Requirements

How to Write a Research Proposal

Application Form