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Faculty Scholarships (2018 Entry)

The following PhD scholarships are open to applicants for 2018 entry only.

Faculty of Business




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Date:

16:00, 12 March 2018 (China Time)


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Date:

16:00, 12 March 2018 (China Time)


Faculty of Science and Engineering




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Date:

16:00, 12 March 2018 (China Time)



*Important Notes:

We welcome top quality applications all year round. You are encouraged to apply for March, June or December but preferably September intake for induction purposes. To ensure you will be able to register on your intended date, please submit your application at least 2 months in advance. Students applying for the Faculty of Business, please click here.

The scholarships are competitive and we advise you to apply as early as possible. It normally takes 5-6 weeks after the closing date for us to process your application.


The available PhD scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fee
  • on-campus accommodation for PhD candidate only (accommodation type is based on availability, NMI also offers off-campus accommodation)
  • Monthly stipend (RMB3,500)
  • 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 or research assistant duties at UNNC.

Available PhD research areas:

The above scholarships are to support research projects outlined under the following themes:

Faculty of Business

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) China

Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Investment, Marketing, Economy, Management, Human Resource Management.


For research proposal discussion: Professor Pingping Fu: 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


  • International Higher Education
  • Bilingual/Multilingual Education
  • Intercultural Studies in Education

for research proposal discussion, Professor Anwei Feng:


Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Literary Studies, Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, Approaches/theoretical Orientations.

For research proposal discussion: Dr Derek Irwin:


  • Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics
  • International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Economics of Regional Integration, Tourism Economics
  • Development Economics; Economics of Emerging Economies (e.g., China & African Countries)
  • Mathematical Economics, Game Theory
  • Financial Economics
  • Public Economics, Health Economics, Education Economics, Environmental Economics
  • Labor Economics

For research proposal discussion, Dr Chang Liu: 

International Communications

Media, Digital Media, Computer Games, Game Studies, Mobile Media Studies, Journalism, Documentary, Film/Cinema (including film philosophy), Cultural and Creative Industries, Cultural Policy, Critical and Cultural Theory, Irish and British Art, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Sport Cultures, Subcultures, Gender Studies, E-Learning, Public Sphere, Translation and Interpretation, Radio Studies, Language Pedagogy, Multimedia, Gender/Sexuality and Literature, and Convergent Journalism.

For research proposal discussion: Professor Andrew White:  

International Studies

International Relations, Comparative History and Politics, Area Studies, International Political Sociology, History, World History, History of Empires and Colonialism.

For research proposal discussion, Dr. David O'Brien:

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Composites  (Leader: Prof Chris Rudd)

Research areas: Thermoplastic composites, Carbon Fiber recycling, 3D printing Composites, Carbon Fiber SMC, Bio composites, smart composite.  

Power electronics, Machines and Control (Leader: Prof Chris Gerada)

Research areas: Electrical machines, Motor drives and motor control, Power Electronics and Thermal management.

Geospatial and Geohazards (Leader: Dr Craig Matthew Hancock)

Research areas: Engineering surveying and remote Measurement, Geospatial science, Positioning and navigation technologies, and Geohazards.

Future Healthcare Technologies (Leader: Dr David Siu-Yeung Cho)

Research areas: Research and development in Healthcare Technologies

Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing (Leader: Prof Dragos Axinte)

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.

Energy Engineering (Leader: Prof George Chen)

Research areas: Energy storage materials, Processing energy, Energy sustainability and efficiency, Energy modelling, and Energy in built environment.

Natural Resource Conservation and Urban Resilience. (Leader: Dr Jun He)

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.

Digital City Infrastructure and Technology Innovation (Leader: Dr Llewellyn Tang)

Research areas: Research and innovation on BIM and Smart City Development.

Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation (Leader: Prof Ruibin Bai)

Research areas: Computational intelligence and data mining , Computer vision and image processing , Transportation analysis and optimisation.

New Materials (Leader: Prof Tao Wu)

Research areas: Advanced composite materials, Granular materials and geotechnology, and New energy and environmental materials.

Mechatronics Systems and Vehicle Applications (Leader: Prof Y.J. Lin)

Research areas: Vehicle related engineering design, analysis, and innovation for future transportations.

Fluids and Thermal Engineering (Leader: Prof Yuying Yan)

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.

Faculty PhD programmes Coordinators:

Dr Alan Conghua Wen: (Science Disciplines)

Dr Chengbo Wang: (Engineering Disciplines)


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 University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and University of Nottingham UK (UNUK).  On successful completion, students will be awarded 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. Please be advised that IELTS 6.5 ( minimum 6.0 in any element) or its equivalent is required for FOSE Faculty scholarship.
  • More details can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ page of the website

How to apply

Please email scanned copies of the following documents to by 16:00 (China time) on the application deadlines. All documents must be in English except the copy of Chinese national ID. If original documents are not in English, a translated English version is required in addition to the original one. An application missing any of the following document (except for English language score) is incomplete and will not be considered.

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  • A completed application form (all fields filled)
  • A research proposal
  • Copies of degree certificates for undergraduate and postgraduate studies (Xueli certificates are required too for applicants from Chinese universities)
  • Official transcripts with marks for all individual modules/courses from undergraduate and postgraduate studies (with official university stamp)
  • English language test score (IELTS/ PTE academic) (not required for native English speakers)
  • Two references (must be emailed directly by the referees)
  • A copy of ID or passport (both sides of an ID card required)
  • An electronic copy of passport-sized photo taken within three months of  this application
  • A copy of your Masters’ dissertation, or a published paper or conference paper, or a sample of your writing work (for applicants to the School of International Studies only)
Please quote the scholarship reference number in your application form if you are applying for this scholarship.