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Scholarship Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships at UNNC and School of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University
Reference 2305DTPZJUME
Length of Scholarship Up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression
Places TBC
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
Entry 19 February 2024
Closing Date 27 October 2023 China Standard Time (CST)


The available PhD scholarship cover

  • Tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend
  • All above items are covered for up to 36 months based on satisfactory progression
  • All regulations set out in the UNNC PhD Scholarship Policy apply

In addition to the above scholarship, successful candidates also have the opportunity to carry out teaching (after the completion of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training) or research assistant duties at UNNC since second year of their PhD programmes.


Available PhD research areas

  • Underwater machining/repairing technologies including both subtractive (drilling, milling, turning, grinding) and additive (welding, gluing, glazing);
  • Toolings for varied materials (concrete, stone, carbon fibre composites, ceramics/metallic coatings);
  • Autonomous and intelligent underwater machining/repair machine tool or robotics;
  • Remotely control and wireless communication technologies;

Applicants should seek consent from potential supervisors before submitting an application. For more details, please click 'Research areas & potential supervisors'.


PhD programme structure

PhD programmes at the UNNC are composed of 3 years research and a 1 year thesis pending period for full time PhDs. Full time PhDs are expected to submit their theses within a maximum of four years from initial registration.

PhD supervision is undertaken jointly by academics from University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and School of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University (ME, ZJU).

On successful completion of the PhD, the students will be awarded a PhD degree from University of Nottingham. No reference will be made on the degree certificate as to where the degree has been completed. The University of Nottingham PhD degree is accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the UK Quality Assurance Agency.



Applicants considering to apply for PhD Scholarship must have met the entry requirements of a PhD programme first. More details can be found on the 'entry requirements' page of the website.

Applicants must have a master degree with minimum average score of 65% and degree classification Merit or above from a British university. Applicants also should hold a bachelor degree at upper second class or above level. Applicants from institutions where different score system is used must have achieved an equivalent level of performance to the above.

Faculty of Science and Engineering also considers bachelor degree only holders with first class honours 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.


How to apply

No separate application is required for applying for a scholarship but please make sure you select the correct scholarship reference number in the PhD application system. A list of required documents can be found on the 'how to apply' page.