PhD Scholarship in Vibration Energy Harvesting (2020 Entry)
 Reference: 2003ITM_CKT
 Length of Scholarships: up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression
 Programme  PhD Mechanical Engineering
 Place:  1
 Closing Date:  15 May 2020

Additional admissions requirements for the programme:

  • Candidate should be either in Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or others Engineering background with good analytical skills.
  • Candidate with good MATLAB programming skill is preferable.

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: Novel Design of the Vibration Energy Harvester

Today, the entire world is filled by autonomous devices that are "smart" and connected via the world-wide-web. Due to wireless accessibility, most of the 'smart' devices have been implemented in residential, automotive, health care and industrial sectors. In order to achieve smart digital industrial systems, these are equipped with sensor networks that achieve data acquisition in real time and help improve system efficiency. All these devices require a minimum power level to operate in an optimum manner. Most sensors still operate using a battery as the main energy source. The main deficiency of using batteries is the chemical leakage that over time can damage the sensor. To overcome this challenge, vibration energy harvesting technologies has become significantly more important for the past decade.

The main objective of this project is to design an electromagnetic vibration energy harvester that maximise power output and operating bandwidth simultaneously. The work involved a novel design in the repulsive magnetic force integrated into the single/multiple-degree of freedom system mechanism. The work packages include (1) the design of the energy harvester in maximizing the power and bandwidth, (2) the design of the automatic control system in the repulsive magnetic force, (3) the finite-element analysis and theoretical derivation, and (4) the experimental verification to conclude the findings. The successful applicant will undertake his/her PhD studies under the supervision of the supervisor team which consists of UNNC academic staff.

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dr. ChungKet Thein (, 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.