Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Additive Manufacture of Polymer Microneedles

Swansea University - Mechanical Engineering

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

Start date: April 2018

Delivery of therapeutic substances though the outer layer of skin through microneedles is a rapidly expanding pain free alternative to traditional hypodermic needles. Innoture Medical Technology Limited have a patented technique for large-scale manufacture of microneedles. This project will explore the unique manufacturing process so that it can be optimised and made more predictable.  This project will combine production testing, via additive manufacturing and optical analysis, so that the process can also be made more robust and flexible to produce a greater variety of microneedles, in different shapes and sizes, depending on the application.

The MSc will be conducted at College of Engineering, Swansea University a Top 10 UK University for Engineering Research (REF 2014). The successful candidate will also work closely with Innoture in their Research and Development facility based in Swansea University.

The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.

Eligibility

Essential Criteria

Academic requirements:

Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or physical sciences, with a 2.1 or above.

Residency criteria:

Candidates should be eligible for UK/EU Fees.

Funding Details

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,472 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

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