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Fully Funded KESS II MRes Scholarship: Multi-trophic aquaponics in urban developments - innovation in the circular economy

Swansea University - Biosciences / Aquaculture

Location: Swansea
Salary: £11,702 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th June 2019
Closes: 28th June 2019

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

Start date: October 2019

The creation of Multi-use buildings in urban settings is rapidly gaining popularity as a means to regenerate city centres. However, developers are often using outdated and energy inefficient systems resulting in building with a high carbon footprint. A new revolutionary way to lower the carbon footprint of a multi-use space is to incorporate both food production in aquaponics systems, algal production in bio-fences and nutrient recapture techniques. Focusing on the circular economy by using waste streams to create new products, buildings can become an asset to the residents rather than a drain on the environment.

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) at Swansea University has developed expertise in finfish aquaculture, aquaponics and in culturing a number of species of algae which can be incorporated into fish feeds. This project, therefore, seeks to use waste products generated by urban farms such as roots or the stems of aquaponics plants and combine then with microalgae produced from waste nutrients from fish aquaculture. These combined elements will form the bases of a viable feed rich in omega -3’s that can then be fed to aquaponics raised fish such as Tilapia.

The aim of the MRes is to investigate likely candidates of fish, crustaceans and microalgae to form part of this unique process and investigate the wider benefits of the method.

This collaboration aims to address two key challenges:

  • Incorporating aquaponics units and algal production units
  • Finding viable uses of waste products from both fish production and aquaponics plant production

Based at the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR), this is a collaborative project with Powell Dobson.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. 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 40 credit award.


Academic requirements:

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Bioscience or related subject.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Residency criteria:

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.


The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,702 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Please note that students receiving KESS II support are not eligible for Postgraduate Master's Degree loan.

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