International Doctoral Innovation Centre (IDIC)


The International Doctoral Innovation Centre (IDIC) trains the brightest early-career PhD researchers, supporting them in becoming future leaders who can develop innovative solutions to major global challenges. 

Programme overview

The IDIC offers a fully funded four-year PhD programme in either the area of digital economy or energy technologies. Students will:

  • spend their first year at The University of Nottingham campus in the UK taking taught modules to gain skills across key areas
  • spend their final three years at The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, to complete their research and a three-month industry internship

Key benefits of the programme include: 

  • conducting research at an internationally-renowned research university, with direct access to world-class research expertise and facilities 
  • an attractive financial package 
  • training to equip students for careers in industry, from global companies to start-ups 
  • regular seminars and meetings with industry representatives to develop contacts with future employers 
  • supervision from academic experts in both the UK and China 
  • career guidance support tailored to individual needs


  • Paid tuition fees
  • A stipend of £1,015 per month whilst in the UK for the first year. 
    Opportunity to apply for on-campus accommodation in the UK*
  • 3,000 RMB – 5,000 RMB per month stipend plus free single-room accommodation while studying at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. This will be arranged by the IDIC.
  • One return flight between China and the UK**

* The cost of accommodation in the UK should be covered by the students.
**Students are required to purchase flight tickets by themselves, within the guide price provided by the University, and claim the expense back with a cap of 10,000 RMB for a round trip. 

Entry requirements

  • Have an excellent first degree and preferably a masters qualification or equivalent 
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to conduct world-class interdisciplinary research 
  • Have achieved a minimum English language qualification:
    • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) 

How to apply

For details on how to apply for either the PhD in Digital Economy or PhD in Energy Technologies, visit the IDIC website.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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