Key information



Types of study

Full time / Part time


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

Start date


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: 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

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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How to apply

Key dates

Application Deadlines and Registration Dates

Entries Application Deadlines Registration Dates
Sep 2021 (MRes and PhD) 11 Jun 2021 11 Sep 2021
Feb 2022 (PhD only) 31 Oct 2021 14 Feb 2022

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 enquires

Room 340-341, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China