Medical and Health Care Studies Swansea Fully-Funded KESS II MSC by Research Scholarship in UK

  • Bachelor
  • £11,819
  • 10 August 2020

It is now becoming increasingly evident that populations of bacteria residing in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) play a vital role in human health and disease progression. This is never more evident in patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) where a demonstrable shift in the GIT microbiome is evidenced in both early-stage, and late-stage invasive cancers. However, at present, it is not clear whether these bacteria are merely markers of CRC or if they play an active role/function in disease progression - although some bacterial species, such as Fusobacterium nucleatum, have been found to stimulate pro-inflammatory and proliferative pathways in both murine and human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma cells.
The aims of this collaborative project are to 1) screen key probiotic consortia for the ability to inhibit the growth of tumour associated bacteria, 2) develop an in vitro “screening” model of CRC comprising human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma cells and CRC associated strains of bacteria and 3) use this model to assess the potential for the probiotic organisms to impact on viability and functionality of putative cancer-promoting bacteria but also cancer cell viability and gene expression.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. 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 40 credit award.
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Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Genetics or a related subject.
They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see our website 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 more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form.
Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact our office.


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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 £11,819 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.‌
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.


Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Paul Facey regarding information on the area of research.
To apply:
  1. Complete the KESS II ParticipantProposal From 2020-21
  2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form
  • 2 References (please ask your referees to email their references directly to us)

\The references can take the form of a letter on official headed paper, or via the University’s reference form. Please note that references received via private emails accounts (e.g., Hotmail, Yahoo) cannot be accepted.

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