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The University of Nottingham Ningbo China - A truly global university, in the heart of China

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China - A truly global university, in the heart of China

Based in China’s thriving eastern seaboard, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) offers degrees taught in English and accredited by the UK’s University of Nottingham. We have a thriving international community of around 9,000 students and staff from more than 70 countries.

The University of Nottingham is a top 20 UK university in the QS World Rankings and the World University Rankings. It is also ranked in the TOP 100 in the world in the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings.

Our Ph.D. graduates are concentrated in the fields of research and teaching, and they are especially favoured by universities and colleges. 69.4% of our doctoral graduates are employed in universities and colleges in teaching and research positions. 16.3% of our graduates are engaged in public institutions, scientific research and design institutions, and medical and health units. Another 14.3% of Ph.D. graduates went to work in enterprises. The rate of our 2021 doctoral graduates entering famous enterprises is 100%.

Lush gardens, attractive architecture and cutting-edge facilities make UNNC a stimulating environment in which to learn and live. A short two-hour train ride from Shanghai, Ningbo is a busy city with an international airport and a thriving nightlife and cultural scene. Most UNNC students live in student halls on campus, conveniently located near a high street with shops, restaurants, and ATMs. UNNC’s campus features sport facilities, a 24-hour medical center with English-speaking staff, a post office and dry cleaners.

If you choose to become a student at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), you will find yourself among a diverse and thriving community at China’s first ever Sino-foreign university. Our international students gain knowledge of China, now the world’s largest economy and a major player on the world stage, which sets them apart from others in the competitive global jobs market.

Teaching and Research

UNNC has an outstanding reputation for teaching quality. Our academic staff members are selected from the top universities, research institutes and companies from at least 40 countries worldwide on the basis of their excellence in teaching and research. Our students from an active cohort of the global academic community, through publishing in top tier journals and participating in world class conferences.

At UNNC Graduate School, you are joining our community of world-class scholars, outstanding students and aspiring early career researchers. We aim to produce future leaders through our innovative and rigorous research trainings, as well as providing excellent learning support and research experience through our modern libraries, labs and training centers.

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China - A truly global university, in the heart of China

PhD Programme

We offer a wide variety of scholarships to potential PhD candidates seeking to study with us. Please visit our website to find out more about funding opportunities. On successful completion of the PhD, the students will be awarded a PhD degree from University of Nottingham.


Ningbo is located on China's eastern seaboard, a two-hour train ride south of Shanghai, convenient for travel in and outside of China. It is a rapidly growing city with more than eight million people and a 7,000 year old history, allowing visitors to embrace both an exciting and culturally stimulating city.
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Student Testimonial

"I earned my Master's degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and continued my PhD here because UNNC was an excellent platform for empowering students to chase their dreams.

At UNNC, many supervisors are very open-minded and supportive. Taking my personal experience as an example, I first followed my supervisor's research path. However, after two months, I thought it might not lead me toward the direction of studies I was passionate about. I explained this to my supervisor and switched to my new proposal, which I'm working on now.

Furthermore, I've benefited from UNNC's vast network. I can connect with other renowned international scholars and get the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops in person or online.

With the recommendation of my supervisor, I was allowed to get involved in global professional associations such as the Association of Information Systems (AIS). Last year, I was successfully listed in the first student cohort of the AIS Entrepreneurial Innovation Fellowship Programme. I am proud to say that I was the only student in Asia to be selected for this programme. With the support of AIS, I've been able to attend conferences and summits in many different cities and countries.

The university provides us with dedicated labs, equipment and facilities to advance our research and enhance our learning experience at UNNC. We use the Digital Business & Analytics Lab (DBA Lab) at the Business School in teaching sessions, allowing us to do complicated calculations, business simulations, etc. We also have access to a dedicated server to process data much faster than on our own computers.

Benefiting from UNNC's excellent research platform, my papers have been published in major conferences in my field, such as ICIS (International Conference on Information Systems), AMCIS (Americas Conference on Information Systems), and PACIS (Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems).

Furthermore, the campus at UNNC is very accommodating and quite friendly to international students. You can easily find food that suits your taste in the many canteens and restaurants on the campus. Ningbo is a beautiful, fast-developing city with many tourist places and entertainment activities. Transportation around the city is very convenient, with many subway stations (with many more to come) and buses reaching every part of the city. The city is also foreigner-friendly, as you will find many signs in Chinese and English on the road and the buses or subways.

I am deeply grateful for the experiences and opportunities UNNC has provided me.”

- Tanguy Tresor Sindihebura, PhD in Information Systems

How to apply

If you apply for a postgraduate research programme, a detailed research proposal would usually be required as part of the application process.
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