Engineering: Fully Funded MSc by Research Scholarship at Swansea: Environmental Impact

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • August 31, 2019
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**Engineering: Fully Funded M2A MSc by Research Scholarship: Environmental Impact on Corrosion in Industry
**Start date: October 2019

Supervisors: Professor D Penney and Mr P Toms

Sponsoring company: TATA Steel

This post will remain open until a suitable candidate is found and we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

Corrosion is a natural process that costs the world economy around $3 trillion per annum. Much can be done to remediate the process, through careful design and selection of materials.

Corrosion is an electrochemical reaction between a metal and its environment, involving an anode, a cathode, electrical conduction, and an electrolyte. By removing one of these, corrosion can be stopped.

The local environment has considerable influence on the rate and scale of corrosion. This research aims to examine the local environment at various parts of the Port Talbot Integrated Steel Works. High Chloride levels from the sea and Carbon particles from the works accelerate the corrosion of structures and plant. By understanding the local conditions, it will be possible to design and select coatings and treatments that arrest corrosion activity, improving the lifespan of the plant and delivering cost savings to the business.

It is envisaged the successful candidate will spend a large portion of their time on plant making chemical and physical measurements.


We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:


The scholarship covers the full costs of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 per annum for a period of one year.


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