Biosciences/Aquaculture: Fully Funded MRes Scholarship at Swansea University: Growing Sea Lice

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 21 June 2019

Biosciences / Aquaculture: Fully Funded KESS II MRes Scholarship: Growing Sea Lice in the Laboratory to Support the Aquaculture Industry
This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.
Start date: October 2019
Sea-lice control remains one of the most important challenges for the salmon farming industry in the UK and worldwide. The use of cleaner fish offers a ‘green alternative’ to medicines for sea-lice control, but production still relies on the capture of wild fish, which is not sustainable. To combat sea lice, it is essential to:
  1. Have a detailed understanding of its life cycle
  2. Grow sea lice in lab conditions without the need of the host (i.e. the salmon)

This project will address the following:
  • Investigate ways to collect different life stages (eggs, larvae, adults)
  • Design protocols to collect viable sea lice from salmon
  • Test for how long sea lice can survive outside the host

Based at the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR), this is a collaborative project with NRN Tech Ltd.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs 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 40 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Bioscience or related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.

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 –


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The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,702 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Please note that students receiving KESS II support are not eligible for Postgraduate Master's Degree loan.


Please visit our website for more information.

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