Key information



Types of study

Full time / Part time


Full-time: normally 3-4 years / Part-time: normally 6-8 years

Start date

February or September each year

Programme overview

The PhD programme offers flexible supervision between The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (UNNC) and The University of Nottingham, UK. Depending on the proposed research, students may be required to spend part of their studies at The University of Nottingham, UK. Still, students will be registered at UNNC, and graduates will be awarded a University of Nottingham, UK degree which is also recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Research interests

Research areas: Thermoplastic Composites, Carbon Fiber Recycling, 3D Printing Composites, Carbon Fiber SMC, Bio Composites, Smart Composite

Research areas: Electrical Machines, Motor Drives and Motor Control, Power Electronics and Thermal Management

Research areas: Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy, Remote and in situ measurement, Positioning and Navigation Technologies, Building Information Modelling and Management, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Science, Geospatial and Environmental Data Science, Geohazards.

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

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

Research areas: Computational Intelligence, Computer Vision and Image Processing, Transportation Analysis and Optimisation, Big Data, Health Informatics and Biomedical Informatics, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Software Testing, Computer Security, Computability and Complexity Analysis, Internet Of Thing, Algorithms, Logic, Information Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, Edge Computing, Deep Reinforcement Learning, 5G, Intelligent Sensors, Computational Economics.

  • Advanced Energy and Environmental Materials & Technologies (Head of Research Group: Dr. Cheng Heng Pang)

Research areas: Advanced Composite Materials, Granular Materials and Geotechnology and New Energy and Environmental Materials 

Research areas: Micro/nanoscale flows, mass and heat transfer, Design of microfluidics and lab on a chip, Thermal management for energy systems, multiscale (micro, meso and macro) modeling, physicochemical transport processes in energy conversion and storage devices (batteries, fuel cells, internal combustion engines and supercapacitors), thermal issues in intelligent manufacturing and 3D printing, Kinetic theory of gases , Space micropropulsion, multiphase flows and heat transfer, sustainable energy technologies, Machine learning approaches for thermofluids and energy analyses.

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, Mathematical modeling, Blow up problems in fluids, Navier-Stokes equations, Pattern formation, asymptotic methods, Childress conjecture on the Keller-Segel model and their generalization for several chemotactic species.

Research areas: Health and Wellbeing (Medical Imaging, OMICS, Health Monitoring), Smart Systems (Smart Home/Office, Smart Vehicle, Smart Health), Applications of Sensors and Instruments (Diagnostics, Prognostics, Optimization)

Research areas: The SBE Research Group aims to promote multi-disciplinary research across two broad research themes: Architecture and urbanism (A + U), and Architectural Engineering, Environmental Design and Energy (AEEDE). Among the many research topics that arise from the built environment, the following are of particular interest to the SBE Research Group:

1.Architectural humanity and history across various cultures, climates and geographic locations;

2.Past and contemporary urban transition and related sustainability issues in China and beyond;

3.Identification of best practices in the area of sustainable building and city development;

4.High performance building technologies and system integration.

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Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to a postgraduate research programme, applicants should have met both the minimum academic and English language requirements.

You should be aware that some other factors are also important for your application.

The following will be considered when making an offer:

  • Academic performance during the undergraduate and postgraduate study
  • Research papers published in international academic journals
  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Research potential and attitude
  • English proficiency

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How to apply

Key dates

Application Deadlines and Registration Dates

Entries Application Deadlines Registration Dates
Sep 2022 (MRes and PhD) 10 Jun 2022 10 Sep 2022
Feb 2023 (PhD only) 15 Oct 2022 13 Feb 2023


How to apply

We welcome qualifying applications all year round. You may consider either a Spring or Autumn entry that better suits your study plan. To ensure you will be able to register on your desired date, please submit your application at least 3 months in advance. If you are applying for a PhD scholarship, please refer to each scholarship's deadline.

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More information

If you want to apply for a PhD program in Faculty of Science and Engineering, please refer to Graduate School's website for more information.

Graduate School

Room 451-2, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

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