Materials Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC ICASE PHD Scholarship: Transitioning to High Scrap Steel

  • Phd
  • £22,000
  • 3 August 2022

Materials Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC ICASE PHD Scholarship: Transitioning to High Scrap Steel Manufacturing

This PhD i-Case studentship opportunity is offered in collaboration between Tata Steel UK and Swansea University.

Decarbonisation and wider sustainability improvements are indiscriminately of immediate requirement to industrial and personal activities globally. The steel industry as a foundation to society is essential to modern day living with major applications in construction, manufacturing, transport and energy production – there is no society without steel. Steel is also classified as a “hard to abate” industry, meaning CO2 emissions are significant and as a direct result of producing the material (scope 1 emissions) as opposed to those which can be decarbonised through energy or infrastructure contributions (scope 2 emissions).

Hydrogen as an alternative reaction pathway, and alternative steelmaking processes are opportunities to aid in the decarbonisation of steel, however the utilisation of recycled steel is the only technology available at a readiness level and volume to offer the reductions in emissions required in the short to medium time scale for UK businesses.

This project will give the opportunity to work with the largest UK steel manufacturer and contribute to the continued improvements in sustainability and productivity the business requires to maintain competitiveness. The studentship will sit within a larger team working in manufacturing sustainability within Swansea University including co-location with industrial R&D scientists and cutting-edge facilities.

The student will have opportunities to visit manufacturing plants on a regular basis and be able to actively drive the direction of their research at opportunities they see and experience first-hand through multiple methodologies including the potential use of, experimental, industrial scale, modelling and quantitative sustainability tools.


Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. An understanding of additive manufacturing is highly desirable.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations.

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This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £22,000.

Additional research expenses will also be available.


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