Chemical Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC and Swansea University PhD Scholarship: Fluid dynamics of glacial sediments

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About the Project

Funding providers: EPSRC and Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering

Subject areas: Physics/Glaciology/Engineering

Project start date: 

  • 1 October 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-September)


Aligned programme of study: PhD in Chemical Engineering

Mode of study: Full-time 

Project description: 

Applicants are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship to explore the complex flow behaviour of glacial sediments. You will join a multidisciplinary team on a project that is a collaboration between the Glaciology and Complex Fluids Research Groups at Swansea University.  

Glacial sediments have widely varying flow (rheological) properties that influence the dynamics of the overlying glacier. With ongoing, alarming changes to the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, there is an urgent need to develop accurate glacial sediment models that can help predict future ice loss and sea-level change. 

In this multidisciplinary project you will develop new laboratory experiments to make accurate measurements of fluid flow and deformation in the sediment bed, and how these are influenced by fluid pressure and flow rates, and the properties of the glacial sediment (granular size/shape distributions). These parameter studies will inform development of new theoretical models for glacier-sediment interactions and how these influence present and future ice sheet behaviour.  

The PhD project forms part of a wider collaborative study with colleagues at University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and capable individual keen to take on the challenges of a multidisciplinary approach combining glaciology with experimental work to be conducted using cutting edge facilities in the Complex Fluids Research Group.  


Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship (i.e. a student who is eligible to pay the UK rate of tuition fees) but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements. Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency. 

English Language: IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 5.5) or Swansea University recognised equivalent. 

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

EPSRC funded studentships are available to home and international students. Up to 30% of our cohort can comprise international students, once the limit has been reached, we are unable to make offers to international students.  

We are still accepting applications from international applicants.   

International students will not be charged the fee difference between the UK and international rate. Applicants should satisfy the UKRI eligibility requirements. 


Please note that the programme requires some applicants to hold ATAS clearance, further details on ATAS scheme eligibility are available on the UK Government website. 

ATAS clearance IS NOT required to be held as part of the scholarship application process, successful award winners (as appropriate) are provided with details as to how to apply for ATAS clearance in tandem with scholarship course offer. 

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Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £18,622 for 2023/24).
Additional research expenses will also be available.

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