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Biological Sciences: Fully Funded KESS II MRes Scholarship at Swansea University: Supporting a green economy: Assessing anti-oxidising properties and bioactive compounds in macroalgae

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

Macroalgae (seaweeds) are an important resource in Wales and have been traditionally harvested for centuries for their use in food. Studying their potential health benefits (e.g. antioxidants) and bioactive compounds would support the development of high-value sustainable products to benefit the Welsh economy. This project is a collaboration with the company Pembrokeshire Seaweeds, and will blend field and laboratory work that involves physical and analytical testing of a variety of seaweed species.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Environmental Sciences, or a related subject. 

Desirable Criteria -

research experience with seaweedsresearch experience with field and/or laboratory work, including chemical analysisgood understanding and practice of health and safety requirements

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 – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

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Benefits

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,587 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Application

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