Biosciences: Fully Funded MSc by Research at Swansea: fish welfare in Aquaculture

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 28 February 2022

Biosciences (Aquaculture): Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Using novel machine-vision and deep-learning to monitor fish welfare in Aquaculture

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

Start date: April 2022

This project will use novel machine vision and deep-learning techniques developed by the commercial sponsor (VisiFish) to monitor the welfare of farmed fish, building on the development of Operational Welfare Indicators (OWIs) by Swansea University-CSAR. VisiFish is a UK-based company working on machine vision telematics and AI tools that can be used to monitor swimming activity, feeding behaviour, and fish size, as well as individual and population-based behaviours, useful for animal health and welfare assessment. The project will provide novel insights into the behaviour and welfare of multi-species aquaculture, and will focus on two multi-disciplinary areas:

1. Baseline testing of multi-species interactions under commercially relevant conditions

2. Development and testing of machine vision and deep-learning tools for the early detection of abnormal behaviours, before fish health or welfare are compromised.

Life Science & Health 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.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Biology, Psychology, or the Life Sciences, but degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering will also be considered (https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/). They should also be eligible for UK 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 – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

For this scholarship students must also have:

  • a home address in East Wales (details below)* at the time of registration and enrolment
  • the right to take up paid work in the East Wales Area* on completion of the scholarship

East Wales * area covers: Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Powys, Wrexham and Flintshire

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Benefits

The studentship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,937 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 EAST support are not eligible for Postgraduate Master's Degree loan.

Application

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