DTP PhD scholarships at UNNC-School of Mechanical Engineering, ZJU
 Reference: 20053DTPZJU
 Length of Scholarships: up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression
 Places:  3
 Closing Date:  16:00, 9 Oct 2020 (China Time)
 Entry Date:  Feb 2021


The available PhD scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend (RMB4500)
  • Medical insurance with designated 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 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:

The above scholarships are to support research projects outlined under the following themes:
  1. Underwater machining/repairing technologies including both subtractive (drilling, milling, turning, grinding) and additive (welding, gluing, glazing)Urban Pollution Control and Restoration

  2. Toolings for varied materials (concrete, stone, carbon fibre composites, ceramics/metallic coatings)

  3. Autonomous and intelligent underwater machining/repair machine tool or robotics

  4. Remotely control and wireless communication technologies

Potential Supervisors



Potential Supervisors at UNNC
 Name Email
 Elena Konysheva
 Haonan Li
 Heng Yu
 Robert Pierce 
 Xiaoling Liu
 Xinyu Zhang
 Xu Sun 
 Yong Ren

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), School of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University  and the University of Nottingham UK (UNUK). 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 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.