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Strategic Research Scholarships (2019 Entry)

The following PhD scholarships are open to applicants for 2019 entry only.

Available PhD research areas:

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

New Material Institute




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression


Closing Date:

Open till filled






1. New Energy & Environmental Materials         
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Centre for New Energy and Environmental Materials (CNEEM) is a multidisciplinary research team composed of young researchers of international background. The R&D focuses of CNEEM cover clean coal technologies, sustainable energy conversion technologies, pollutant and heavy metal removal, technologies, new materials for environmental protection and energy storage as well as some fundamental research in energy and environmental related areas. At present, the CNEEM is carrying out research projects funded by national, provincial, municipal funding bodies as well as industry. 

Current research projects include:
  • Coal/biomass combustion/gasification/pyrolysis 
  • Scale up of the synthesis of carbon nano materials  
  • Catalytic processing of wastes for hydrogen production 
  • Catalytic reforming materials 
  • Development of environmental catalysts/adsorbents for the simultaneous removal of multi-pollutants (Hg0, NOx, SOx, and CO2)
  • Computational studies of environmental materials for pollution control

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Professor Tao Wu, but formal applications should follow the instructions in ‘How to apply’ section below.

2. Granular Materials and Geotechnology
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Granular materials are collections of distinct macroscopic particles. Although simple to define, they exhibit complex behaviour, much of which has not yet been well explained, which leads to uncertainties in their engineering applications. In geotechnical engineering, granular materials such as sand, gravel and crushed stone are often encountered or used. They are assessed, selected or treated for the short/long-term stability of foundations, slopes, pavements, tunnels and other geotechnical structures. Geotechnology, based on the understanding of soil properties (including granular materials and clays), involves the application of scientific methods and engineering techniques to the mitigation of natural hazards (such as landslides, floods, typhoons and earthquakes), the design of geotechnical structures and the utilization of geological resources.

Current research projects include:
  • Experimental studies on behaviour of granular materials/soil
  • Elastoplastic constitutive model for granular materials and its applications in geotechnology
  • Advanced/new pavement/railway materials and their applications in transportation engineering
  • Long-term stability analysis of railways   
  • Soil-structure interaction 

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dr Juan Wang, but formal applications should follow the instructions in ‘How to apply’ section below.


*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. 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
  • Monthly stipend (RMB4,500)
  • 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.

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. 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. 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 5-6 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.