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Internationally Excellent Research at a World-Class University: Discover Swansea

Would you like to be part of an active university community that is overcoming global challenges?

With world-renowned academics, superb study spaces and excellence awards in both research and teaching, Swansea University will provide you with a research environment for your postgraduate studies that is internationally recognised for its quality and impact.

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Here’s six reasons why you should study for your postgraduate research degree at Swansea:

1. A World-Class Research University

Come join our thriving academic community and contribute to our ground-breaking research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021), 86% of our research was rated as world-leading or international excellent. Our research is making a real global impact on business, industry, healthcare, technology, culture and the well-being of society. Take a look at some of our most recent research highlights.

2. A Range of Research Programmes

We offer research programmes in a variety of subject areas. With a large supervisory team in every academic department, you’ll have the flexibility to specialise in a variety of research themes and topics. The majority of our programmes are available on a part-time basis, giving you the option to choose when and where you study. Browse previous students’ research projects here.

3. Funding Opportunities

We recognise the importance of funding your studies, which is why last year we offered up to £8 million in postgraduate funding. Every year, we offer a large number of fully funded PhD scholarships. Each scholarship typically provides the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a yearly stipend for the duration of your studies. PhD loans are also available for eligible English and Welsh students studying with us. The money is paid directly to you, and can be used towards the cost of your tuition fees and/or living expenses.

4. Outstanding Supervisors and Support

Our training framework, made up of ten different themes, is designed to support your research and professional development at every stage of your candidature. All our postgraduate students are encouraged to attend a series of dedicated skills development courses, in areas such as presentation skills and public engagement. The University offers several paid teaching assistant roles for postgraduate research students, and the Swansea Employability Academy will also be on hand throughout your studies to provide one-to-one guidance on job searching, as well as placement opportunities and employability events.

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5. A Vibrant Postgraduate Community

As a student at Swansea, you’ll join our 4,000 strong postgraduate community. While independent research can sometimes be lonely, Swansea brings its postgraduates together to create a supportive community where students can socialise and collaborate outside of the classroom. You will have lots of opportunities to meet students from across our faculties and get involved with postgraduate activities and projects, including our PGR Showcase, Three Minute Thesis Competition, PGR Society, and Research Groups and Centres.

6. Captivating Coastlines and City Living

Swansea offers the best of both worlds; it combines the hustle and bustle of the city and the scenic beauty of the beach. Both campuses are just a short walk or bus ride away from Swansea’s city centre, which offers a variety of high street and independent shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment options. Venture a little further and you can unwind in the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty—the Gower Peninsula—and relax on award-winning beaches and discover unspoilt countryside.

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Open Day and Events

Why not join us at our next postgraduate event and discover Swansea for yourself?

Find out more and book your place to gain exclusive access to features such as:

  • Postgraduate Funding and Finance Talk
  • Student Q&As
  • Departmental Talks
  • Live chat sessions with staff

Interested in studying for a PhD at Swansea and want to find out more? Our handy introduction to postgraduate study guides can help point you in the right direction!




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The College of Engineering is at the forefront of world leading multidisciplinary research that is innovative and makes a real difference.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 73% of academic staff in the College of Engineering were classed as producing research of world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) quality. Using weighted averages, this places the School eighth in the UK and first in Wales when compared to other Faculties and Schools of Engineering. Particular highlights include Civil Engineering at Swansea ranked second in the UK for research quality, General Engineering ranked joint fifth, and Materials Engineering joint eighth.

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Research Strengths
Staff research interests and strengths encompass:

Stochastic analysis:
Quantum physics; functional integrals; stochastic differential equations and applications; Brownian
motion; statistical mechanics; stochastic processes; large deviations and renormalisation group theory; partial differential equations and applications; mathematics of finance; stochastic delay-differential equations; functional inequalities; transport problems.

Diffusions, Markov Processes and Martingales:
Stochastic processes and applications, including applications to Wiener-Hopf theory; quantum probability and quantum computing.

Lévy-type Processes and Pseudodifferential Operators:
Pseudodifferential operators with continuous negative definite functions as symbols; Lptheory of sub-Markovian semigroups; function spaces related to Markov processes; fractional derivatives as
generators of jump processes; non-linear analysis for pseudo-differential operators generating Markov processes; balayage theory; construction of branching processes; mathematics of finance; numerics of stochastic differential equations with jumps.

Hopf Algebras and Integrable Systems:
Differential structures on quantum groups; the functional Bethe Ansatz; algebraic aspects of deformed gauge theories; classical and quantum solitons; braided categories.

Algebraic Topology:
Algebraic topology; K-theory and other cohomology theories; Lie groups; relations with number theory
and algebra.

Partial Differential Equations and the Calculus of Variations:
Linear and nonlinear elliptic and parabolic equations; non-linear problems and the calculus of variations; reaction-diffusion equations; Burgers-type equations; semigroups of linear operators; pseudo-differential operators; related harmonic analysis; mathematics of image processing; analysis of composite and smart materials.

Research opportunities:
PhD, MPhil, MRes, MSc by Research

RAE2008 40% of research rated
world-leading (4*) or internationally
excellent (3*)

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