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Operations Management and Information Systems Scholarships




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Date:

Open till filled



The available PhD scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend (RMB3,500)
  • 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 projects:

Two PhD scholarships are available and will support candidates to perform:

  1. The state-of-the art studies on supply chain integration and optimization based on inter-modal transportation (e.g., from port to rail); and
  2. Unified information systems and acceptance diffusion model to support (1).

The objective is to set up a one-stop unified electronic reservation and tracking platform of intelligent inter-modal transportation mode, in order to achieve the integration and optimization of such integrated supply chain.

The successful applicants will undertake his/her PhD studies under the supervision of a research team which consists of Nottingham academic staff. On top of research work, they will have the opportunity to receive mentoring and training on grant applications (Chinese and international grants), grant management and higher education teaching through Graduate Teaching Assistant scheme (subject to successful training and assessment, and available of teaching activities then).

Supervisory Team:

Professor Hing Kai Chan
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Professor Alain Yee Loong Chong
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Dr Jing Dai
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Dr Joseph Jie Yu
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Note: informal enquiries about the project may be sent to Professor Hing Kai Chan, but formal applications should follow the instructions in How to apply section below.

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
  • 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 All documents must be in English. 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.

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.