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PhD Scholarship in High Performance Driving System (HPDS) (2019 Entry)




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Date:

16:00, 30th September 2019 (China Time)


PhD Programme

PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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.

Available PhD research project:

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

Future Innovation in High Performance Driving System (HPDS) 

The objective of this research project is to investigate the innovative driving system, including the novel topology electrical machines and power electronics (converters), for transportation electrification or industry manufacture line. The Yunsheng Research Certre economics will serve as the theoretical foundation of this project. The project will generate considerable knowledge and IP for the UNNC, will deliver various market opportunities for the Ningbo industry and also accelerate the growth of the electric drive industry in China.The successful applicant will undertake his/her PhD studies under the supervision of PEMC group which consists of UNNC academic staff. On top of research work, they will have the opportunity to receive mentoring and training on grant applications (Chinese and international grants). Among all the interesting issues related to the investment process, this PhD will focus on the application of the concept of High Performance Driving System, and will focus on investigating the status of one of the following areas: (1) novel machine design methodology, (2) EM and Thermal investigation for machine, (3) soft and hardware design of power converter, or (4) Systemically design and optimisation Area has changed since 1978.studies in this program concentrate on the ownership decision.

Note: informal enquiries about the project may be addressed to Dr. Xiaochen Zhang (, but formal applications should follow the instructions in How to apply.

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. 
    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.