PhD/MPhil Nanotechnology

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

Course Overview

PhD Nanotechnology

Our world-class Systems and Process Engineering Centre brings together academic expertise from across the University, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities. With our enviable reputation for research in Nanotechnology, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a PhD or MPhil student in Nanotechnology.

Key Features

At Swansea University, the emphasis of our nanotechnology research is on the development of applications-driven research and the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the workplace or health centre.

Interaction with industry is a key component of the centre’s strategy. We are a world-leader in power electronics, telecommunications, nanotechnology and biometrics and modelling of nanoelectronic devices research.

This course will be delivered at the Bay Campus, Swansea University from September 2015.

 

Description

Recent PhD theses supervised in the area of Nanotechnology at Swansea University include:

  • The application of semiconductor technology for effective single cell studies
  • Cellular uptake and trafficking of nanoparticles
  • Micro and Nano particle drug delivery systems 
  • ''Practical network coding schemes for energy efficient long term evolution radio access networks'' 
  • Synthesis, characterization and modelling of nanoelectromechanical systems
  • Analysis of clinical flow cytometry data using systems approaches
  • Advanced flow cytometry for cell population analysis 
  • Study of the uptake of nanoparticles by cells 
  • Nanoplasmonics biosensing based on dipole nanoantenna

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

Professor Huw Summers

Professor Paul Rees

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD or MPhil Nanotechnology is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science 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 PhD or MPhil Nanotechnology.

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

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

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2014/15 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £3,996 £15,500
Ph.D. Part-time £1,998 £7,750
M.Phil. Full-time £3,996 £15,500

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.

Additional Costs

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

Course Structure

PhD: Typically three years in duration (full-time) or six years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.

MPhil: Typically two years in duration (full-time) or four years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.

 

Assessment

PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva). In some cases, there may be opportunities for students to continue onto a PhD.

Student profile

"In summer 2010 I participated in a student exchange program IAESTE where I got a placement in Swansea University. The campus is next to the sea and the beauty of the Gower peninsula made a lasting impression. After two months in the professional environment of the College of Engineering combined with a very interesting industry-related job, I made my choice to study here.

I have discovered the wide variety of courses Swansea University offers to PhD students to help with their work on the dissertation, as well as good information resources in the library. I should also mention that the university has a very strong software and equipment base which is very important for engineering students.

The University offers a wide variety of part-time course, so one can learn foreign languages, for example. There are also different travelling options available in the University’s travel office. I had an exciting trip to Stonehenge and Avebury which I will never forget.

I hope that the well known high standards of education at the College of Engineering, Swansea University will help me to succeed in my future career in  industry."

Olga Kryvchenkova, PhD Nanotechnology         

Facilities

Find out more about the facilities used by students at Swansea University.

Research

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 ranked Engineering at Swansea University as 8th in the UK for the combined score in the research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The RAE showed that 73% of research produced by academic staff is classified as world-leading (4*) or of internationally excellent (3*) quality.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering, Swansea University 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.