Engineering: Fully Funded PhD Scholarship at Swansea University: Building the Digital Future

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 31 July 2019

This scholarship is jointly funded by Swansea University's College of Science and College of Engineering.

Start date: October 2019

Subject areas: Electronic Engineering, Photovoltaics, Solar Energy, Human Computer Interaction, Materials Science

Supervisor: Dr Matt Carnie (Engineering), Dr Deepak Sahoo (Science)

Scientists and engineers at Swansea University have been awarded a research grant by the EPSRC that will see them explore highly novel forms of physical photovoltaic (PV) tiles that can be placed on buildings, objects and even clothes. These tiles will harvest indoor and ambient light using novel solar cell materials to power integrated digital services. The project is an exciting collaboration between Materials Scientist working on novel solar cell materials, and Computer Scientists who specialise in the study of Human-Computer-Interaction.

We are seeking one PhD candidate to support the project. The ideal candidate will be able to work in a cross-disciplinary environment, drawing on the expertise of researchers, and developing their own expertise, in the fields of Materials Science, Electronic Engineering and Human Computer Interaction. The PhD candidate will fabricate novel solar cell devices and integrate them into self-powered Internet-of-Things (IoT) digital technologies. Suitable candidates will have BSc, BEng or a master’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE), Materials Science, Computer Science, or related engineering and science subjects. A formal qualification in Electrical & Electronic Engineering is highly desirable but not essential. Applicants could provide evidence of their electronic device fabrication skills by: 

  • demonstrating participation in DIY hobby projects
  • highlighting elements of EEE in their undergraduate dissertations
  • their participation in group activities such as “maker communities”
  • their participation in STEM activities related to Computer Science and Electronic Engineering


Candidates should hold a first or upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent) in a physical science, engineering discipline or computer science.

Electronic device fabrication experience and an understanding of microelectronics are highly desirable.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent result) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.


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This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of ÂŁ18,000.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.


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