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Research Excellence PhD Scholarships

Swansea University Research Excellence PhD Scholarships 2020

Swansea University is pleased to offer, as part of its centenary celebrations, its third cohort of fully funded Research Excellence Scholarships for full time doctoral study, commencing in October 2020.

Six academic Colleges and Schools are participating in the scheme through thirty research projects.

Up to fourteen scholarships are available. Each includes tuition fees at the home/EU rate, a stipend, reviewed annually, at the UKRI standard rate, and an annual training allowance to support immersive training experiences such as engagement with industry, international collaborative opportunities and cohort building. Each scholarship is offered for a maximum period of three years, with submission of the thesis expected within that timescale.

The award of a Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarship is conditional upon applicants holding or achieving a first class honours degree and/or a distinction at Masters’ level.

Research Excellence PhD Scholarships

The 30 projects are:

College of Arts and Humanities

  • PhD in Media and/or Politics (SURES2001A)
  • PhD in History and Classics (SURES2002A)
  • Transnational Identities: PhD in Welsh and/or Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting (SURES2003A)
  • Exploring School and System Reform in Wales: PhD in Education (SURES2004A)
  • Understanding the Past and Knowledge for the Future: PhD in English Literature, Creative Writing and Applied Linguistics (SURES2005A)

College of Human and Health Sciences

  • A mixed-methods study to co-design with the public interventions and resources, which improve understanding and awareness of Antimicrobial Resistance (SURES2006H)
  • Modelling the Treatment Relapse of Avoidance (SURES2007H)
  • Play provision for children in health and hospital contexts (SURES2008H)
  • Does resonance frequency breathing improve the mental health of University students? (SURES2009H)
  • Safer Medicines Management: a feasibility study of an electronic polypharmacy Adverse Drug Reaction (e-pADRe) Profile in General Practices (SURES20010H)

Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law

  • The ‘War on Drugs’ and the global rise of Authoritarianism (SURES2011L)
  • Understanding shifts in Welsh youth justice: from punitivism to progressive public health and welfare-informed approaches (SURES2012L)
  • The Legal Protection of Peatlands in Wales (SURES2013L)
  • Safeguarding the Special Qualities of National Parks (SURES2014L)
  • Gender in the Online Far Right: Mapping Transnational Linkages and Fractures (SURES2015L)

School of Management

  • Factors influencing open innovation and SME resilience in the UK Life Science sector (SURES2016MA)
  • Value co-creation on healthcare (SURES2017MA)
  • Solvency II Versus Risk Based Capital Adequacy Regulation – Do the effects differ? (SURES2018MA)
  • Investigation of the relationship between air quality and tourism activity (SURES2019MA)
  • Responding to the Climate Emergency – The Role of Travel (SURES2020MA)

Swansea University Medical School

  • Deciphering cellular signalling deterioration during the transition from health-to-disease in networks of stem-cell derived cardiac cells (SURES2021ME)
  • Understanding multiple sclerosis: Neurotoxic astrocytes as drivers of disease severity (SURES2022ME)
  • Stress Impact on Endometriosis: A precision medicine approach based on molecular biomarkers and qualitative data (SURES2023ME)
  • Investigation of the immunological changes in the tumour microenvironment that occur as a result of bacterial cancer therapy (SURES2024ME)
  • Development of a novel blood test for early cancer detection (SURES2025ME)

College of Science

  • PhD studentship in Physical Sciences (SURES2026S)
  • PhD studentship in Biosciences (SURES2027S)
  • PhD studentship in Geography (SURES2028S)
  • PhD studentship in Chemistry (SURES2029S)
  • PhD studentship in Computer Science or Mathematics (SURES2030S)
Research Excellence PhD Scholarships


Due to funding restrictions, the scholarships are available to UK/EU students only. Applicants liable for overseas fees are not eligible to apply. For full details, see here.


A Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarship comprises three elements:

  • Fees: Full-time tuition fees at the UK/EU rate;
  • Stipend: A tax-free stipend, reviewed annually, at the UKRI standard rate, for the relevant academic year; and a;
  • Training allowance: Up to £1,000 per annum (to a maximum of £3,000) is available as a contribution towards costs relating to immersive training experiences, engagement with industry or international/national collaborative opportunities.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 8 January 2020.

Applicants should be aware, Colleges and Schools’ shortlisting panels are expected to sit between 28 January and 11 February 2020. Shortlisting panels may contact candidates within this period. Interview panels are expected to sit between 24 February and 6 March 2020.

Please visit our website for more information on how to apply.

Research Excellence PhD Scholarships

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