Why pursue an EngD at Swansea University?

Swansea is recognised as one of the UK’s leading universities for engineering.

All our activities are driven and underpinned by world leading research, as recognised by the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines. 

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.

The EngD is a flagship project of the Engineering Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which part-funds our EngD programmes. The ESPRC select to fund prestigious institutions, who are pursuing excellence in research and have good industry contacts.

All EngD’s at Swansea come with a generous tax free bursary and all tuition fees are fully paid by the scheme.

You will also benefit from:

  • Extending your knowledge and skills to become a future leader in industry
  • Enhancing your career opportunities and prospects
  • Gaining experience using the latest techniques through your own research project
  • Developing your expertise through a range of taught modules
  • Joining a network of fellow research engineers and industry contacts
Daniel Bryant

Daniel Bryant, EngD researcher

“I decided to complete an EngD as I felt it would offer a nice blend of industrial based work mixed with academic research.

In addition, the experience and recognition through scientific papers and patents I would get throughout the four years would leave me better suited to get my ideal job at the end of the course.

My favourite part of the EngD so far is having the opportunity to present my work at a prestigious conference in Hawaii.

My current project focuses around the scale up of various solar cell technologies so that they can be mass produced in large quantities.

Working closely with large companies such as Tata Steel and BASF, my work has shown it is possible to make cells on steel on an A4 size, something previously thought unachievable. There is work already under way to make them on the metre squared scale.

This is incredible for me as less than a few years ago I started working on cells limited to a centimetre squared and it was little more than a scientific curiosity. Now they have the potential to be a mass produced commercial application. Knowing I had a large part to play in that is a great feeling.”

Daniel Bryant