Engineering: M2A Fully Funded EngD Scholarships: 36 projects available

Closing date: 28 February 2018

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The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) is a Swansea University initiative which provides industry-led postgraduate research training in the areas of advanced materials and manufacturing. The Materials and Manufacturing Academy is offering 36 fully-funded EngD scholarships at Swansea University, covering a variety of subject areas:

  1. Creating bright scratch resistant tinplate products
  2. Coil Coatings – An Investigation into Expedited Plastisol Degradation Related to Poor Coating Adhesion
  3. Investigating the long term effects of creep with chromate free primers
  4. Oxide Engineering on TCCT packaging steel
  5. Development of slag corrosion test
  6. Performance of novel tinplate products: adhesion of polyester to new, REACH-compliant steel substrates
  7. Utilisation of waste hydrogen and heat for efficiency improvement at Cogent HTCA process
  8. Development of electrical steel coating and annealing simulator
  9. Surviving 1600°C – Characterisation and Improvement of Steel Ladle Materials
  10. Advanced Clean Water Treatment at Tata (ACWAT)
  11. Development of sensors and non-destructive analysis to determine the performance of coatings in construction
  12. Forensic analysis of weathered organic coatings to understand mechanisms of degradation
  13. Addition of alloying agents to improve the performance of Zn/Al metallic coated steel
  14. Development of Advanced High strength steel tubes for construction applications
  15. Development and integration of Industry 4.0 into Engine Manufacture
  16. Big data analytics of the Port Talbot Hot Strip Mill
  17. Sensing the microstructure of steel at 700C
  18. Passivation layers on U-AHSS and HSS
  19. Effects of Minerealogy on reduction of sinter and Blast Furnace Performance
  20. Advanced analytics of sinter plant operations to minimise particulate emissions
  21. Optimisation of Coke Oven Gas Cleaning to Maximise Value in use of Coke Oven By-products
  22. Effect of injection coal volatile matter on Blast Furnace top gas carbon
  23. Wind main and waste gas systems optimisation through use of CFD techniques
  24. Effect of Steel Cleanness & Solidification on Product Performance
  25. Development of next generation of high quality coated steel for automotive applications
  26. Development of improved formability Advanced High Strength Steel
  27. Effects of residual elements from scraps on steel processing and service properties of typical strip steel products
  28. Wettability and bonding of coating alloys on substrates
  29. Use of Advanced Analytics to Predict Defects in Surface Inspection Systems
  30. Improving the air knife process in Hot Dip Galvanising
  31. Using Rapid Alloy Prototyping to understand the effects of Tramp elements in increased Scrap Steel Recycling
  32. Development of new surface treatments for automotive utilising chemcoater
  33. Modelling the heat transfer of molten metal during the steel making process
  34. Material Selection for extreme temperature variation and coating optimisation for corrosion resistance, aesthetics and preparation for new water-based products
  35. Granular Flow Impact and wear analysis using 3D DEM simulation
  36. Semi-transparent printable solar cells for energy generating windows


Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. Please see individual project adverts above for specific eligibility criteria.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at:


Each scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a.

How to Apply

Please visit the individual project advertisements to complete the online application form.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed by email to: