The Management and Development of Cricket in China PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
01 April 2018



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Project detail

While cricket has been played in China for over 150 years, the game’s peculiar rules and customs are highly unfamiliar to much of the population. However, the game has a foothold in some of China’s larger cities, notably Hong Kong and Shanghai. While frequently organised by ex-patriots from the UK, Australasia and the Indian subcontinent, it is also developing as a participant sport for native Chinese in schools and universities. It is played by both men and women. The game has received increased funding and political attention through its inclusion in the Asia Games and discussions about its potential place in future Olympic Games. China invested heavily in building stadia for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.

This doctoral study seeks to chart and understand the future prospects of the management and development of cricket in China. As such it draws on understanding of the global diffusion of sports, especially in relation to the expansion of the British Empire, and provides a case study of the broader politics of Chinese sport development in contemporary times.

Previous experience of conducting empirical research drawing on documentary sources and/or qualitative interviews will be an advantage. An ability to read Chinese and speak Mandarin will be essential.


Primary supervisor: Dr Dominic Malcolm

Secondary supervisor: Professor Alan Bairner

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Dominic Malcolm or register your interest and ask us a question.

Further information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found on our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in within a social science discipline, particular sociology, politics or management.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Previous experience of conducting empirical research drawing on documentary sources and/or qualitative interviews.
An ability to read Chinese and speak Mandarin will be essential.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote reference number: SSEHS/DEM/2