PhD studentship in Advanced Energy Technologies (2020 entry)
 Reference: 2003GTC_YS
 Length of Scholarships: up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression
 Programme PhD Mechanical Engineering 
 School/Department Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
 Place:  1
 Closing Date:  15 May 2020
Students from Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics, Mechanics, Petroleum Engineering, Computation and Mechanical Engineering are welcome to apply for this full scholarship. 


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 (after complete Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training) or research assistant duties at UNNC from second year.

Available PhD research areas:

The above scholarship is to support research projects outlined under the following theme: 

Title of the theme: Gas Flow in Micro- and Nanoporous Media and Its application to Shale-gas Exploration Engineering

A profound understanding of shale-gas transport is of crucial importance to improve its extraction efficiency and maximize gas production. This project will conduct an in-depth study on shale-gas flow and mass transfer in complex porous network with pores at the micro- and nanoscale. Focuses will be placed on investigating non-continuum and non-ideal effects in these interesting transport processes using the kinetic theory of gases, together with characterizing complex shale morphology by statistical and topological analysis. The study will reveal flow and mass transfer features of shale gas at different scales through use of analytical derivation, numerical simulation and experimental observation.
This PhD program will support a talented candidate to develop a set of effective and viable multiscale models to reveal non-continuum and non-ideal transport characteristics of shale gas in complex micro and nanoporous media. On successful completion of this program, the student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Nottingham.

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Yong.Shi@nottingham.edu.cn, but formal applications should follow the instructions in ‘How to apply’ section. 

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 the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and the University of Nottingham UK (UNUK). On successful completion, students will be awarded the 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 7-8 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.