Department of History
School of International Studies

PhD Programme

Overview  | Admissions  


The PhD programme offers flexible supervision between UNNC and the University of Nottingham UK and normally takes 3-4 years to complete on a full-time basis or 4-6 years part-time. Depending on the proposed research, students may be required to spend part of their studies at the University of Nottingham UK, but students will be registered at UNNC, and graduates will be awarded a University of Nottingham UK degree which is also recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The Division carries out research programme on topics including: 

  • Statebuilding, Peacebuilding, war & conflict analysis, global civil society, NGOs
  • International sociology
  • Political sociology
  • French politics
  • Nationalism
  • Democratisation
  • European Union & comparative politics
  • Ethnic politics
  • African politics
  • American politics 
  • Diplomacy
  • International law & international norms
  • African politics
  • Development politics
  • Global policies on drug and organised crime
  • Chinese-African relations
  • Chinese history and historiography of the 19th and 20th century
  • China's foreign relations, notably with Western countries
  • History of global trade in the 19th and 20th century
  • Russian and Soviet history of the 19th and 20th century
  • Sino-Russian relations
  • History of childhood and children
  • History of families and women in the 20th century in Europe, Russia or China

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Applicants for PhD programmes are generally required to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject. Normally, applicants with a degree from a Chinese University should have completed a Master's degree. Holders of first class honours degree or equivalent from selected Universities will be considered. Evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may be taken into consideration.

There is no application deadline, however, the main admission dates are October, January, March and June of each year.

For more information about entry requirements, financial support and general admissions please contact:

Dr Catherine Goetze
Head of International Studies
Room 311, Admin Building
199 Taikang East Road
Ningbo, 315100

Tel. +86 (0)574 8818 0039

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Department of History

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