Medical Engineering: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship at Swansea University

  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • Deadline: February 22, 2019
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Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Numerical modelling of blood flow through medical devices for oxygenating and pumping blood. Assessment of blood integrity on flowing through such devices (for example, rupture of red blood cells).

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

A collaborative project between Swansea University and Haemaflow to undertake a computational study of the performance of devices initially intended to perfuse organs intended for transplant. There is a world-wide shortage of transplant organs with significant research aimed at improving the quantity and quality of organs available. Perfusing donated organs for a sufficiently long period to assess their suitability and enhance their performance promises to improve the availability of organs and reduce the long waiting lists. It is believed that a pulsatile flow through the organs would also improve perfusion through the capillary blood vessels. Haemaflow are developing the capability to build bespoke devices sized for specific applications. Computational tools are required in order to design devices for specific flow and mass transfer duties. Beyond the initial application, the computational tools should be adaptable to areas such as Extracorporeal Life Support and Cardiopulmonary bypass.

The research will include a literature review to investigate both numerical methods and clinical experimental data on haemorheology and the development and refinement of numerical methods to simulate mass transfer, and steady and pulsatile blood flow. It is expected that commercial software (using finite volume and finite element methods) will be enhanced to incorporate the rheological properties of blood in order to simulate its flow through complex geometries. The model will also incorporate allowance for red cell fragility in order to predict blood damage and haemolysis. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with Haemaflow staff undertaking laboratory investigations to verify and calibrate the mathematical models produced.

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 30 credit award.

Although we aim to fill the position for the next cohort starting April 2019, applicants for an October 2019 start date may also be considered.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Physics, Engineering or a related subject. The candidates should have a basic knowledge of computational fluid dynamics and/or haemorheology. 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 – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

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Benefits

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,586 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form. ‌

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Application

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