PhD Energy Innovation

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

PhD Energy Innovation

Providing a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future through the discovery and implementation of new Energy innovation 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 and innovation 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 energy innovations are needed and will be the key to global energy solutions.

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is a leading centre of excellence for the development of advanced technologies in energy resources, and can host many of these students. The Centre benefits from world-leading expertise in the area of a wide range of energy innovations including hydrogen, solar, nanotechnology and carbon capture.

Description

The energy innovation degrees are managed by ESRI but are open to supervisors outside of ESRI.

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) research areas, broadly speaking, fit into the following 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, solar energy harvesting.
  • 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.
  • Energy transmission: Smart grids and carbon nanotube conductors.
  • Wave and ocean technologies:
  • Computer modelling: Energy related fields such as oil wells and energy grids.
  • Other projects involving energy and innovation:  We are not limited by supervisor or by topic so if you have ideas of a specific topic yourself or are a company wishing to sponsor a student o investigate a specific energy related topic them please contact us.

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

Prof. Andrew R. Barron

Dr. Charles Dunnill

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD Energy Innovation 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 or related 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

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

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 PhD Energy Innovation.

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

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

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,260 £19,000
Ph.D. Part-time £2,130 £9,500

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.

If your course starts in January, April or July 2018 please refer to the 2017/18 fee costs 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: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

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

Additional Costs

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