Contemporary Chinese Studies MRes

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1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Applicants will normally hold a masters qualification, however other candidates may be considered at the discretion of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one element. If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September or February in exceptional cases
Jubilee Campus
Contemporary Chinese Studies
Other requirements
You will need a research proposal, two academic references, a sample of written work (not exceeding 3,500 words) and academic transcripts



The MRes is a course that offers general research training for those intending to pursue a PhD or a career that requires research skills. On an MRes course you will submit a dissertation, undertake generic research training and have the option to take some relevant taught modules.

The programme is designed to allow students to develop academic expertise in a particular area of interest relating to contemporary China. The programme is made up of two components:

  • Modules on research and generic skills, research methods, Chinese language or subjects cognate with the student's research topic
  • A major research project that leads to submission of a dissertation

This structure enables students to follow a programme geared to their particular area of academic interest and to graduate with that area of expertise clearly marked.

After completion of taught modules, students registered on the programme are encouraged to spend a short period of time - normally one to three months - researching their project in China. This might be facilitated through a period of residence at The University of Nottingham's Ningbo China, at partner institutions in the Universitas 21 network (Fudan University, Peking University or the University of Hong Kong) or at other academic institutions in China.

View our how to apply page for details of entry requirements and what to include with your application.



School facilities

Research students have their own dedicated shared office space with access to networked PCs and a printer. The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies offers research students a photocopying and printing allowance. 

Library facilities

The University libraries have extensive library holdings for students in Chinese studies along with a Chinese speaking librarian and are provided with inter-library loan vouchers.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a unique facility that focuses on postgraduate education and represent the needs of postgraduate students within the University. It provides a world class research training and development environment for postgraduates and early career researchers.

The Jubilee Graduate Centre is a space exclusively for postgraduate students and research staff based on the Jubilee Campus. It offers a range of facilities, including a seminar room which seats up to 30 people, a lounge area with comfortable chairs and tables, Wi-Fi, three networked computers and a well-equipped kitchen.

Doctoral Training Centre

The Nottingham Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC DTC) is one of just 21 centres to receive accreditation by the Economic and Social Research Council and supports students to undertake cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The Centre offers advanced training opportunities to postgraduate social science researchers.


Research support

Brown Bag Seminars

The school runs a regular colloquium for postgraduate research students, giving students the opportunity to present their work in front of other research students and staff with similar research interests to their own.

China Seminar Series

The school runs a thriving seminar series featuring leading scholars and practitioners in the field of Chinese studies.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support, information and specialist services to enhance your student experience and form part of a comprehensive network of services at the University designed to support you throughout your studies, including academic and disability support, counselling, financial support, and childcare services.

International Office

Our International Office is dedicated to the needs of our international and EU students. The International Office will ensure you have all the information you need to live and study at Nottingham and offers a Welcome Programme just before the start of the academic year.

Centre for English Language Education

The University's Centre for English Language Education (CELE) provides high-quality preparation and English language support before and during your studies, as well as providing a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They also deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their Researcher Development Programme. This means that as well as helping you to develop your research skills, you will have opportunities spanning communication skills, careers, time management, and entrepreneurship - and the chance to meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.


Find a supervisor

Each student will normally be assigned two academic supervisors who will provide guidance on the formal specification of the topic, the structure and organisation of the dissertation and the general direction of the research. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.


Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund your research study. Our research funding page provides a step-by-step guide to funding. The Graduate School holds a list of sources of funding. 

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Average starting salary and career progression

Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Graduates from our postgraduate courses have gone on to work in government and non-governmental agencies, banks, insurance companies, industries, universities and multi-national companies in China, the UK and the rest of the world.

Career prospects and employability

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond. Services available include:

  • Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
  • One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
  • Over 700 careers events held each academic year
  • A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates

Once you are a student with us, and even after you graduate, you will have access to our service for life.

Flexible paid placements

Postgraduate Placements Nottingham offers flexible paid placements with a range of employers from small local businesses to multinational organisations. These placements are open to all postgraduates and are designed to fit in with your studies and give you the opportunity to learn transferable skills, improve your CV and enhance your employment prospects during your postgraduate studies.


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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