MSc by Research in Fuel Technology

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc by Research 1Yr FT
    MSc by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

This degree programme is subject to approval.

Providing a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future through the discovery and implementation of new technology is a key challenge for the 21st Century.

Key Features

Providing a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future through the discovery and implementation of new technology is a key challenge for the 21st Century. With more people requiring energy, effective solutions need to come from a wide range of sources. For the near term various fuels will be the key to energy globally: presently oil and gas with an increasing reliance on hydrogen and biofuels.

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is a leading centre of excellence for the development of advanced technologies in energy resources.

The Centre benefits from world-leading expertise in the area of a wide range of energy technologies and fuel technology.

Description

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) research areas, broadly speaking, fit into one of three categories:

  • Hydrocarbon: Oil and gas production and processing; downstream issues relating to efficient fuel refining; additives and fuel composition/performance chemistry.
  • Hydrogen: technologies for the efficient generation of hydrogen from wasted energy generation; photocatalysis for hydrogen generation; hydrogen as an energy vector.
  • CO2: technologies for the efficient removal of carbon dioxide from fuel feedstocks; use of carbon dioxide as a fuel source.
  • Biofuel: methods for developing the process streams enabling integration of biofuel production with the chemistry industry supply chain.

The MSc by Research Fuel Technology has a wide range of subject choices including:

  • Catalyst design
  • Process characterisation
  • Refining
  • Process optimisation
  • Pilot scale studies

Find out more about some of the academic staff supervising theses in these areas:

Prof. Andrew R. Barron

Dr. Charles Dunnill

Dr. Enrico Andreoli

Dr Chenfeng Li

Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research Fuel Technology is a first or upper second class honours degree in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, or a related discipline, such as chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or other engineering discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email admissions@swansea.ac.uk for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:
www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/english-requirements

How To Apply

Once you have identified a topic area within which you would like to work, we recommend that you submit a research proposal and discuss this with an Admissions Tutor for the subject area before making an application. You can email engineering@swansea.ac.uk to express your interest in a MSc by Research Fuel Technology.

Apply online and track your application status for the MSc by Research at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the MSc by Research www.swan.ac.uk/international/students/apply

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc by Research Full-time £4,120 £16,950
MSc by Research Part-time £2,060 £8,475

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MSc by Research do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

Typically one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.

Assessment

A thesis of no more than 30,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area. This is then assessed by viva voce examination by both an internal and external examiner.

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Find out more about the facilities at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

  • Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
  • Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
  • Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK