A predesigned project will often be part of wider research being undertaken by an academic or research group. These types of projects will usually have a defined title, fixed aims and objectives, and you’ll normally be supervised by the academic that designed the project. Swansea University advertises a large number of these opportunities throughout the academic year in all subject areas. All available projects are advertised on our research scholarships webpages or on our self-funded PhDs page, with new opportunities added frequently.
Research scholarships at Swansea usually provide funding for the duration of your studies. This funding typically provides the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees (international fees are sometimes covered), plus a stipend paid yearly for the duration of the project. The stipend is tax-free, and can be used to cover the cost of your living expenses whilst you’re studying.
PhD loans of up to £25,000 are now also available for eligible English, Welsh and EU students undertaking doctoral study. You won’t be able to apply for a PhD loan if you’re received a research council funded scholarship or other government funding.
Applying for a predesigned project is straightforward- you’ll just need to follow the instructions on the project advertisement. The application process will usually involve submitting some (or all) of the following items of documentation:
- Application form
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Covering letter
- English Language Certificates (if English is not your first language)
It’s a good idea to contact the named supervisor at the point of application to discuss the project further and ensure it (and they) are a good fit for you. If you are shortlisted as a result of your application, you’ll be invited to interview and informed of the outcome shortly after.
Predesigned projects will usually have a specific application deadline- allow yourself plenty of time to complete any paperwork and gather references if required.