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Ningbo Nottingham International Academy for the Marine Economy and Technology  (IAMET) Scholarships (2018 Entry)




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Dates:

Open till filled

Applications are invited to undertake postgraduate research within the new International Academy for the Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET). The academy brings together research strengths of the University of Nottingham in Electrical Machines, Power Electronics, Polymer Composite Materials, Energy Storage and Port Operations and Logistics. 

*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 projects:

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

Polymer Composites 
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The Advanced Polymer Composites Team is led by Professor Chris Rudd, the Provost of the UNNC and Pro-vice Chancellor of the UNUK. The team focuses on the strategic needs of aerospace, automotive, marine/shipbuilding industries and biomedical application, combining them with the trending areas of international research, as well as basic researches in material science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and automation for in-depth fusion, in order to carry out high quality R&D of composite technology. The team works with AVIC Composite Corporation Ltd., Sinoma, ARKEMA,Technical Fibre Products (TFP) and other well-known domestic and overseas enterprises and institutes in close cooperation, and in addition, as a platform which provides services including R&D of products, talent training for enterprises, and offers opportunities of visits and internships to these well-known enterprises. The Advanced Polymer Composites Team wish to combine industry, education and research together, making full use of the advantages of all parties of cooperation, and eventually promoting the commercialization of scientific research.

The current interests of research mainly include:
  1. High performance thermoplastic composite for aerospace
  2. Fire retardant composites for aviation application    
  3. 3D printing of polymer composite
  4. Glass fibre composite Recycling
  5. Carbon fibre composite Recycling
  6. Liquid thermoplastic composite molding for automotive applications                

Robust port and services optimisation  
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At the 2016 National People's Congress Premier Li Keqiang has warned that China's economy faces a "difficult battle ahead". It was said that key to achieving future growth will be the need to reform inefficient state owned enterprises. This PhD project aims to aid the city of Ningbo in this endeavour by supporting the optimisation of key local industries and services. It is our view that such optimisation will need to be combined with big data in a balanced way. ‘Over-optimisation’ is counterproductive – such solutions ‘break’ too easily when something changes. What is required are robust but efficient solutions that work in an ever changing world of uncertainty and noisy data. Finally, such solutions need to be communicated from computer screens to humans – this requires skilful translation into actual management practises to achieve maximum benefit.

Current research projects under this theme include:
  • Data mining/machine learning challenges: large data sets, mixture of data types (including images), data quality and security issues. Data mining will provide input patterns and parameters for the optimisation stage.
  • Optimisation challenges: dealing with uncertainty, dynamic problems, large scale optimisation problem. Heuristics and exact methodologies will be tested, new combinations such as simulation and machine learning will pose technical challenges
  • Social challenges – users’ needs to understand and trust the solution methods or they will not use them optimally. We need to find ways how to translate solutions into good management practises

These projects are suited to anyone with an interest in computer science, data mining, logistics, supply chains, operational research and optimisation within the context of port, marine, logistics or related city services and sectors. The research projects are multidisciplinary in nature making extensive use of sophisticated methods of solving business problems related to designing, planning, controlling and improving operations and supply chain management processes.

Applicants should have a background in relevant subjects such as engineering, computer science, logistics, supply chain or operations management or related subjects.

Power Electronics, Machines and Drives        

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High performance electrical machines and drive systems are essential to all future sustainable energy scenarios since they can deliver efficient and flexible conversion and conditioning of electrical energy. They find application in many low-carbon applications including renewable energy generation, smart grids, electric transport (EV, HEVs, rail), aerospace, marine and energy saving motor drives.

Current research projects under this theme include:
  1. Novel electrical machine topologies for high performance propulsion application.
  2. Power electronics converters including high power density converters, modular concepts and health management of electrical drive systems.
  3. Electrical machine drives including high power density drives and the integration of electrical machines and power electronics. 
  4. Design tools and modelling for power electronics, machines and drives.
  5. Electrochemical engineering for materials and energy, focusing on the chemistry of electron-driven processes and energy storage.
    1. Electrochemical engineering for marine energy, focusing on the chemistry of electron-driven processes and energy storage.
    2. Liquid salts (e.g. molten salts, ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents) from marine resources to support chemical and electrochemical processes for materials, energy and environmental benefits.
    3. Electrochemical technologies for marine applications, particularly in the off-shore environment. 

These projects are suited to anyone with an interest in the technologies underpinning our future energy and transport systems, and who is keen to tackle key research challenges facing the sector. The projects are multidisciplinary in nature and will be attractive to researchers from a range of science or engineering backgrounds.

Applicants should have a background in a relevant subject such as mechanical or materials engineering, electrical or electronic engineering, physics or a related subject. Prior knowledge of power electronics is not essential and training will be provided as required.

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 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.