Electrical And Electronic Engineering: Fully Funded Kess II PhD Scholarship: Advanced Oxides

  • Phd
  • UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend of ¬£14,483 p.a
  • 20 March 2019

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

This industrially-led PhD studentship on the development of next generation power semiconductor device technology will examine a novel approach based on the ultra-wide bandgap gallium oxide (Ga2O3) material. The student will work alongside a global leader in semiconductor devices and integrated circuits (IC) to bring this latest technological revolution to the marketplace. The student will have the opportunity to work in a world leading industrial microelectronic fabrication facility with sufficient resource to develop the most advanced device geometry; on the nano- or micro-scale. Furthermore, Swansea University’s Centre for Nano-Health cleanroom is available for device fabrication and testing using state of the art equipment. This scholarship represents a full commercial product definition, from research through to manufacture. The Ga2O3 material will first be analysed numerically, via finite element (FE) modelling for its suitability for use as a power semiconductor switching device. Next, rectifiers and transistors will be fabricated in the cleanroom followed by advanced physical and electrical characterisation techniques. Finally, in consultation with our industrial partner, the manufacturability of these novel oxide semiconductors will be explored. 

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 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 60 credit award.



Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their Electrical Engineering or Physics undergraduate degree or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information).
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 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 £14,483 p.a.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.


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