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UNNC MRI Research Centre Scholarship - General MRI




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Dates:

open till filled


Features of the PhD programs in UNNC MRI Research Centre

  • Co-supervised by leading-edge professors specialized in the areas of MRI from both UNNC and UNUK
  • Dual Academic Supervisor:
  • UNNC: Dr. Chengbo Wang, Dr. Jing Wang
  • UNUK: Prof. Peter Morris, Prof. Richard Bowtell, Prof. Penny Gowlan, Prof. Thomas Mersmann, Dr. Susan Francis, Dr. Paul Glover
  • Access to multiple types of MRI scanners
  • Cooperation with leading MRI company in China
  • 30% research will be done in SPMIC in UNUK, while 20% research in UNNC MRI Research Centre and 50% in our industry partner.
  • Opportunity to work with world leading level MRI companies

*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.

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.

2018 Application Deadlines and Registration Dates

  Application Deadlines Registration Dates
 Mar Entry  15 Jan 2018  15 Mar 2018
 Jun Entry  15 Apr 2018  15 Jun 2018
 Sep Entry  15 Jul 2018  15 Sep 2018
 Dec Entry  14 Oct 2018  14 Dec 2018


The available PhD scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fee
  • on-campus accommodation for PhD candidate only (accommodation type is based on availability)
  • Monthly stipend (RMB 3,500)
  • 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 project:

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

General MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
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UNNC MRI Research Centre Introduction

The University of Nottingham has long been at the center of developments in Magnetic Resonance techniques across the world, and MRI has always been and will still be a research priority across the University of Nottingham. In 1991, SPMIC was established at the University of Nottingham in UK to house the University’s expanding MRI Group, following Sir Peter Mansfield’s pioneering work in the early 1970s. Sir Peter Mansfield shared the Nobel Prize for his contributions in the development of MRI in 2003. The outstanding contributions of SPMIC were recognized in 2001 through the award to the University of Nottingham of a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. Now, the outstanding MRI research and education in SPMIC have been extended to our China campus – UNNC. The proposed MRI Research Centre in UNNC, led by Dr. Chengbo Wang (UNNC), develops and applies magnetic resonance techniques in a broad range of areas, including researches on both hardware and software of MRI techniques.

This PhD project will be co-supervised by Dr. Chengbo Wang, Prof. Thomas Meersmann and Dr. Jing Wang and will stay in UK for a period.

Basic admission requirements are,
  • A Bachelor degree in Engineering (Major in EEE/Experimental Physics and a master degree is preferred.)
  • GPA: >70 (UK), >85 (China)
  • Understanding Signal processing and Fourier Transform is essential
  • Proficiency with Matlab, C++ 
  • We are recruiting enthusiastic PhD students. 
  • This PhD project will be a collaborated project between academia and industry. The student is expected to spend at least 50% time working in industry.
For more details before submission
  • Informal inquiries may be addressed to
    • Dr. Chengbo Wang
    • Email: 
    • Tel: +86-574-88180000-9894
  • but formal applications should follow the instructions in ‘How to apply’ section below email to

About Supervisors

Dr Chenbo WANG

Dr. Chengbo Wang received his bachelor and master degree both in biomedical engineering from Tsinghua University in 1999 and 2002, respectively. After that, he stared his PhD study in the hyperpolarized noble gas MRI in the University of Virginia. In 2007, after he got his PhD degree, he first worked in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for one year, then in 2008, he returned to the University of Virginia to work as an assistant professor of Radiology.Dr. Chengbo Wang was awarded the fellow research award because of his work related to secondhand smoking in RSNA 2007. He was also awarded the prestigious Moore young investigator award in ISMRM 2008.He has published tens of journal papers with over 40 conference presentations. Dr. Wang's research was mainly supported by NIH. Dr. Wang moved back to UNNC and took the leader role to build an MRI research centre in the Ningbo campus from 2012.Dr. Chengbo Wang’s research interest is the theoretical and experimental development of new magnetic resonance imaging techniques to meet the research and clinical needs of the medical and biomedical community. Special interests include MRI hardware, optimization of the MR pulse sequences and MRI physics, hyperpolarized noble-gases MRI to study lung function and lung diseases, cancer, proton diffusion and perfusion, medical imaging processing.

Dr Jing WANG

Dr. Jing Wang has a bachelor and master degree both in materials science from Shandong University, and a PhD degree in optical biosensor from the University of Nottingham UK. She joined UNNC as a teaching fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering after finishing her PhD degree in 2014.Dr. Jing Wang’s research interests are the theoretical simulation and construction of optical sensors for medical and biological applications based on Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging, interferometry, and confocal microscopy. Special research interests include construction of three dimensional models in optical imaging, miniaturization of optical sensors for medical applications like non-invasive surgeries, hyperpolarization of noble gas, optical signal processing.

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 Bachelor degree in Engineering (Major in EEE/Experimental Physics and a master degree is preferred.)
  • Applicants must have a first class honours undergraduate degree or 70% and above for a Masters’ degree from a British University, 85% and abover from a Chinese University or the equivalent from other institutions.
  • Like Hardware, including circuit design, modeling, debugging, programming
  • Proficiency with Matlab, C++
  • 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 closing date. 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
Please quote the scholarship reference number in your application form if you are applying for this scholarship.