Civil Engineering: Fully Funded MSc by Research at Swansea: Amphibian Friendly Gully Pot

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 3 July 2020

Civil Engineering: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Development of an Amphibian Friendly Gully Pot
This project aims to develop a gully pot suitable for use on trunk roads that incorporates a means of prevention/escape for amphibians that have fallen through the gully grating, while maintaining adequate flow rates for the capture of surface water runoff.
Amphibian entrapment is thought to be a factor in localised population extinctions. Ecological surveys have identified that in certain areas, considerable numbers of dead amphibians have been found within gully pots. The cause of death can be from either drowning or starvation, with a higher incidence of entrapments recorded at migration points.
Since there is no suitable gully pot design currently available that meets the needs of amphibian safety, drainage capacity and ease of maintenance, this transdisciplinary project seeks to develop an integrated gully pot that satisfies these criteria.
The project will involve developing ideas for different options for gully design through consulting ecologists, drainage design engineers and highway maintenance operatives. The proposed designs will be modelled to determine hydraulic efficiency. Depending on progress, there may be the opportunity for field trials.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners. The research student will be advised by Swansea University academics and industrial research partners: Atkins, an engineering firm with experience in highway construction, and SWTRA ‚Äď the South Wales Trunk Road Agent, the responsible party for maintaining, managing and improving the strategic road network in South Wales.
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.
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Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Engineering or a 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 our website for more information.
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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The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of ¬£11,817 p.a.¬†dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point on¬†the¬†KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form.‚ÄĆ
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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