Materials Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC PhD Scholarship: Additive Manufacturing Material Properties Generation for Critical Applications: New Approaches, Challenges & Opportunities

Closing date: 1 December 2021

Key Information

Funding providers: EPSRC and ASTM International

Subject areas: Additive Manufacturing, Materials Science, Mechanical Property Characterisation

Project start date: 1 January 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-December)

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Materials Engineering

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

Additive Manufacturing brings significant opportunities for Manufacturing, in terms of new structural designs, higher performance, and a reduction in weight & material required. However, for this potential to be unlocked, industry requires the creation of high calibre datasets to enable design & product certification.

ASTM International is at the forefront of driving material property generation with the ASTM AM Centre of Excellence (AM CoE), with this PhD supporting the creation of materials properties for critical applications. This will include understanding & evaluating the effect of defects, test methods, and relating the process of creating AM material to the lifing of a component in service. The project will be predominantly based at Swansea University, but liaison and research activities at affiliated universities and partners is envisaged.

The output of this PhD will support Standardisation for Additive Manufacturing, providing the student with global exposure through the extensive ASTM International network. Specialist Additive Manufacturing training will be provided, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with international partners whilst working as a member of the AM CoE.

The ASTM International AM CoE was specifically created in 2018 to accelerate Additive Manufacturing through rapidly closing gaps in Standards and providing Education & Workforce Development, with support from global founding (e.g. The MTC, NASA) and strategic partners. The ASTM has led many significant collaborations within AM, notably the Partner SDO between ISO and ASTM for Standards development.

The AM CoE brings together industry, government, and academia to optimise the AM R&D and standards development processes. By tightly coupling these processes, standards get into the hands of those who need them faster, drastically reducing AM time to market and increasing widespread adoption. Experience covers all AM methods, with strengths in various AM modalities including Powder Bed, Binder Jetting and Direct Energy Deposition.

Project supervisors: Professor Robert Lancaster (Swansea University), Dr Martin White (ASTM UK Ltd), Professor Nicholas Lavery (Swansea University), Dr Mohsen Seifi (ASTM International)

Available resources/facilities: Institute of Structural Materials (ISM) (Swansea University), Materials Advanced Characterisation Centre (MACH1) (Swansea University)


Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or Swansea University recognised equivalent) in an engineering discipline. An understanding of additive manufacturing is highly desirable. Subject backgrounds considered include: additive manufacturing; mechanical properties; advanced materials characterisation; materials science, industrial engineering.

The ideal candidate will have 3+ years’ experience with Additive Manufacturing, or related industrial experience (such as Aerospace, Nuclear, etc.). This PhD would particularly suit a candidate looking to build on experience(s) gained in the workplace. Industrial experience would be held very favourably.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations.

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility. 

If you have any questions regarding your academic or fee eligibility based on the above, please email with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000, payable for 3.5 years.

Additional research expenses of up to £5,000 per annum will also be available. 

How to Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Materials Engineering, Ph.D. / Full-time / 3 Year / January
  2. Start year – please select 2022
  3. Funding (page 8)
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS1 - PhD Materials Engineering’

*Please note that applications received without the above information may not be considered.

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A cover letter including a ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)

You are also required to complete and submit the following document to (Please do not attach to your online application). In your email please quote your name, scholarship reference 'RS1' and application/student number linked to your online application.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 1 December 2021. 

Informal scholarship enquiries before the application deadline are welcome and may be directed to Professor Robert Lancaster ( or Dr Martin White (