Civil Engineering: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship at Swansea University

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

Civil Engineering: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Long-term morphodynamic response of gravel barriers

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

Start date: October 2019

Gravel beaches and barriers are valuable coastal systems which act as natural defences against coastal erosion and flooding. However, as a result of rising sea levels and increasing storm activities, breaching and overwashing of gravel beaches/barriers and hence coastal flooding and damage to hinterland have been reported frequently. The proposed MSc by research project will focus on understand long-term morphodynamic response of gravel beaches. The primary aim of the project is to correlate overwashing and breaching of gravel beaches/barriers to environmental forcings during storms (water level including surge and wave climate) and antecedent condition of the beach. The project will establish a process-based gravel beach model and an empirical gravel beach profile evolution model to investigate morphodynamic response of a selected test study site to stochastically generated storm conditions. Empirical model results will be interpreted through the process model. Modelling results will be used to identify linkages between morphodynamic change and overwashing/breaching during storm conditions.

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 Civil Engineering, physical oceanography or a related subject.

Some knowledge on computational coastal modelling and stochastic modelling will be desirable.

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.


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