Engineering: Fully Funded EngD and MSc by Research Scholarships: College of Engineering EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings

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Key Information

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Swansea University has been awarded major funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings.

The centre for doctoral training, led by Professor James Sullivan and Professor David Penney, has been co-created with a range of industry partners to produce 50 doctoral graduates who will develop the next generation of functional coated products. These include next generation energy producing coatings, smart release anti-corrosion systems and antimicrobial systems for healthcare. The centre will accelerate the translation of academic research from the laboratory to the factory whilst developing the industry leaders of the future.

The CDT will enrich graduates with additional professional, ethical and communication skills that will enhance their career prospects. Our graduates will actively engage with the wider community to promote coatings and STEM more generally with a view to increasing participation across the population.

“Coatings are ubiquitous throughout day to day life and ensure the function, durability and aesthetics of millions of products and processes. The use of coatings is essential across multiple sectors including construction, automotive, aerospace, packaging and energy and as such the industry has a considerable value of £2.7 billion annually with over 300,000 people employed throughout manufacturers and supply chains.

Most coatings surfaces are currently passive and so an opportunity exists to transform these products through the development of functional industrial coatings. For example, the next generation of buildings will use coating technology to embed energy generation, storage and release within the fabric of the building. Photocatalytic coated surfaces can be used to clean effluent streams and anti-microbial coatings could revolutionise healthcare infrastructure.

This CDT will provide a cohort of 50 Engineering Doctorate research engineers with a holistic knowledge of functional coatings development and manufacture and I am positive that their work will have a significant impact across multiple industrial sectors”Professor James Sullivan

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To be eligible for funding candidates must meet the criteria set by our funders; namely the European Social Fund (ESF) via the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) and if applying for an Engineering Doctorate, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

All candidates must:

  • Hold/aim to have a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent) in a relevant Engineering or Physical Sciences discipline by the project start date. A combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level may also be considered at the discretion of the University;
  • Have the legal right to live/work in the UK at the start of your studies;
  • Have a residential address in the West Wales and the Valleys region (area highlighted in dark pink on the map below) or if offered a studentship commit to being a resident in this region upon enrolment; and
  • Not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding (i.e. do not have funds in excess of £71,000).

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Engineering Doctorate candidates must also

  • Have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for at least 3 years prior by the start of the studentship i.e. normally residing in the UK apart from temporary or occasional absences.

For full EPSRC student eligibility criteria please visit the EPSRC website.

We acknowledge that EPSRC guidelines state that up to 30% of new students in a cohort may be classified as ‘international’; however, Engineering Doctorate candidates must also meet WEFO criteria e.g. have the legal right to live and work in the UK. To check if you would be classified as ‘international’ please read the guidance.

Additionally, we would normally expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application. 

Master's graduates are not eligible to apply for a further Master's and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduates are not eligible to apply for either a Master's or Engineering Doctorate.  

EU Nationals

Welsh Government have announced, subject to legislation, that it will provide support to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who benefit from citizens’ rights under the various withdrawal agreements.  If this applies to you then you may be eligible.

If you are unsure whether you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact us (

Please note, successful candidates are not eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan.


Engineering Doctorate Scholarships include tuition fees at home rate and a stipend of £20,000 per annum, each for a period of four years.

Master’s by Research Scholarships include tuition fees at home rate and a stipend of £12,500 for a period of one year.

How to Apply

Please visit the individual project advertisements to complete the online application form.

Informal enquiries about the scholarships are welcome and may be directed by email to