Various subject areas: Swansea University Research Excellence PhD Scholarships (SURES)

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 15 December 2021

Project description:

Swansea University is pleased to offer its fourth cohort of fully-funded Research Excellence Scholarships (SURES) for full-time doctoral study, commencing in October 2022.

This year, up to ten SURES awards are available at Swansea University. Each includes tuition fees and a stipend – reviewed annually at the UKRI standard rate – and an annual training allowance to support immersive training experiences such as engagement with industry and international collaborative opportunities.

Each scholarship is offered for a maximum period of three years; SURES students are expected to submit their theses within this timescale.

Applicants should be aware that faculty-based shortlisting panels are expected to sit in January and February 2022. Please note that shortlisting panels may contact candidates within this period. Interviews are expected to take place in early March 2022.

Projects are available in the areas of:

  • RS4-SURES01 (School of Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, General and Mechanical Engineering)
  • RS5-SURES02 (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)
  • RS6-SURES03 (School of Mathematics and Computer Science)
  • RS7-SURES04 (School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics)
  • RS8-SURES05 (School of Culture and Communication)
  • RS9-SURES06 (Education, Media Studies and Politics (Across different schools))
  • RS10-SURES07 (Law, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy (across different schools))
  • RS11-SURES08 (Business Management, Economics and Finance (across different schools))
  • RS12-SURES09 (Medical School)
  • RS13-SURES10 (School of Psychology)
  • RS14-SURES11 (School of Health and Social Care)

Please quote the project code (e.g. RS4-SURES01, RS10-SURES07) for queries and application.


Candidates must have attained, or must be expected to attain, a first-class honours degree and/or a distinction at master’s level.

  • Where applicants have multiple master’s degrees, a distinction must be held in the degree that is most relevant to the intended PhD study.
  • If you are currently studying for a master’s level qualification with an expected award date that is later than 01/10/2022, you should hold a minimum of an upper-second-class (2:1) honours degree.
  • You should be able to demonstrate a pass with a minimum grade average of at least 70% for your part-one master’s degree modules (the taught aspect of your master’s course rather than a research-focused dissertation) and submit your dissertation by no later than 30/09/2022.

Applicants must be able to begin their course of study in October 2022. As a cohort-based programme, deferral to an alternative enrolment window within the academic year or to another academic year is not permissible.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with a score of at least 6.5 in each individual component) or equivalent that is recognised by Swansea University. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Please note that both the degree and language proficiency entry requirements for SURES are higher than the baseline standard for entry that is stipulated for most of the PhD programmes at Swansea University.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is – at this time – open solely to applicants who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK (United Kingdom) rate, as defined by UKCISA regulations.


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Each scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and a stipend of around £15,900 per annum, reviewed annually at the UKRI standard rate.

Additional research expenses will also be available.


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