Multiple PhD scholarships at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China

scholarshipFTE1The exists multiple PhD scholarships at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. The scholarships are open to applicants for 2019 entry only.

Faculty of Business



Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression

Closing Date:

16:00, 15 March 2019

(China Time)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences



Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression

Closing Date:

16:00, 15 March 2019 (China Time)

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression

Closing Date:

16:00, 15 March 2019 (China Time)

*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. Students applying for the Faculty of Business, please click here.

The scholarships are competitive and we advise you to apply as early as possible. It normally takes 5-6 weeks after the closing date for us to process your application.

The available PhD scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend (RMB4,500)
  • Medical insurance with designate providers
  • All above items are covered for up to 36 months based on satisfactory progression
  • All regulations set out in the UNNC PGR Scholarship Policy apply

In addition to the above scholarship, successful candidates also have the opportunity to carry out paid teaching or research assistant duties at UNNC.

Available PhD research areas:

The above scholarships are to support research projects outlined under the following themes:

Faculty of Business

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) China

Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Investment, Marketing, Economy, Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Data Analytics.


For research proposal discussion: Dr Jie Wang (Fifi):

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


  • International Higher Education
  • Bilingual/Multilingual Education
  • Intercultural Studies in Education

for research proposal discussion, Professor Anwei Feng:


Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Literary Studies, Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, Approaches/theoretical Orientations.

For research proposal discussion: Dr Nancy Liu:


  • Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics
  • International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Economics of Regional Integration, Tourism Economics
  • Development Economics; Economics of Emerging Economies (e.g., China & African Countries)
  • Mathematical Economics, Game Theory
  • Financial Economics
  • Public Economics, Health Economics, Education Economics, Environmental Economics
  • Labor Economics

For research proposal discussion, Dr Chang Liu:

International Communications

Media, Digital Media, Computer Games, Game Studies, Mobile Media Studies, Journalism, Documentary, Film/Cinema (including film philosophy), Cultural and Creative Industries, Cultural Policy, Critical and Cultural Theory, Irish and British Art, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Sport Cultures, Subcultures, Gender Studies, E-Learning, Public Sphere, Translation and Interpretation, Radio Studies, Language Pedagogy, Multimedia, Gender/Sexuality and Literature, and Convergent Journalism.

For research proposal discussion: Professor Andrew White:

International Studies

International Relations, Comparative History and Politics, Area Studies, International Political Sociology, History, World History, History of Empires and Colonialism.

For research proposal discussion, Dr. David O’Brien:

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Composites  (Leader: Prof Chris Rudd)

Research areas: Thermoplastic composites, Carbon Fiber recycling, 3D printing Composites, Carbon Fiber SMC, Bio composites, smart composite.

Power electronics, Machines and Control (Leader: Prof Chris Gerada)

Research areas: Electrical machines, Motor drives and motor control, Power Electronics and Thermal management.

Geospatial and Geohazards (Leader: Dr Craig Matthew Hancock)

Research areas: Engineering surveying and remote Measurement, Geospatial science, Positioning and navigation technologies, and Geohazards.

Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing (Leader: Prof Dragos Axinte)

Research areas: Conventional& non-conventional material removal processes, Processes for adding materials, Modelling, dynamics and control of manufacturing processes,  Reactive manufacturing processes, Automation of manufacturing processes, and Process planning and lean production.

Natural Resource Conservation and Urban Resilience. (Leader: Dr Jun He)

Research areas: Air quality and pollution control, Urban climate change, Water quality and wastewater treatment, Aquatic resource and soil management, Solid waste management and treatment.

Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation (Leader: Prof Ruibin Bai)

Research areas: Computational intelligence and data mining, Computer vision and image processing, Transportation analysis and optimisation.

Advanced Energy and Environmental Materials & Technologies (Leader: Prof Tao Wu)

Research areas: Advanced composite materials, Granular materials and geotechnology, and New energy and environmental materials.

Fluids and Thermal Engineering (Leader: Prof Yuying Yan)

Research areas: Fluids and multiphase flows, Heat transfer enhancement, Thermal management for automotive and other energy systems, Biomimetics approaches of functional surface with fluids; Multiscale modelling, Thermofluids-related renewable-energy technologies; HVAC in the built environment; Refrigeration; Engines and thermal systems.

Partial Differential Equations (Leader: Dr Behrouz Emamizadeh)

Research areas: Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations, Calculus of Variations, Nonlinear Analysis, Rearrangement Optimization Problems, Free Boundary Problems, Free Discontinuity Problems, Regularity of Solutions, Fractional Differential Equations, Shape Optimization Problems, Eigenvalue Problems, Overdetermined and Symmetry Problems, Numerical Analysis, Finite Element Methods, Error Estimates.

For any general enquiries about the FoSE PhD programmes, please contact:


PhD programme structure

PhD programmes at the UNNC are composed of 3 years research and submission is expected within 3 years for full-time students. PhD supervision is undertaken jointly by academics from University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and University of Nottingham UK (UNUK).  On successful completion, students will be awarded University of Nottingham PhD degree, and no reference will be made on the degree certificate as to where the degree has been completed. The University of Nottingham PhD degree will be accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education.


  • Applicants must have a first class honours undergraduate degree or 65% and above for a Masters’ degree from a British university, or the equivalent from other institutions.
  • Applicants must meet the required English language proficiency for the relevant subject area.
    IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all elements) or its equivalent is required for Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE) scholarship applicants.
  • More details can be found on the ‘ entry requirements’ page of the website.

How to apply

No separate application is required for applying for a scholarship but please make sure you quote the scholarship reference number in your PhD application form. It normally takes 5-6 weeks for a final decision to be made after the closing date.  List of required documents can be found on the ‘ how to apply’ page.

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