Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Use of Steelmaking Slags in Marine Applications

Swansea University - Engineering

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. 

TATA Steel UK Ltd is currently undergoing a huge transformation and is looking to the future with its Steel products. Steel is a 21st century industry with research that is at the scientific and industrial forefront. A research project with TATA Steel UK and Swansea University will give the correct student the opportunity to be heavily involved with industry whilst performing high level academic research in the Swansea Bay Campus facilities. The candidate will be working with multidisciplinary teams, heading up their own research project and gaining invaluable experience at the industry/academia interface.

Project Aims

This master's project will initially involve an options appraisal which will identify all of the marine applications that each steelmaking slag material could potentially be used for. A feasibility study will then be carried out for each application which will assess the considerations to be taken into account when using the materials, including (but not limited to) review of material properties, cost appraisal, environmental impact assessment and environmental legislation implications. The final stage of the project will involve laboratory analysis work which will be used to assess the suitability of each material for each application in terms of their chemistry and physical characteristics.

A full list of steelmaking slag material to be included in this project will be agreed with professional mentor at the start of the project. 

The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2017.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Sponsoring Company: Tata Steel


Academic Requirements

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in chemistry, physics, or materials engineering.

Residency Criteria

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in WestWales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Additional Funding Information

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 p.a.

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