Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Novel Anti-Microbial Metallic Surfaces for Infection Control

Closing date: 24 May 2019

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

Start date: July 2019

Worldwide antibiotic use rose by 40% between 2000 and 2010, which combined with international travel and migration, has allowed antimicrobial resistant pathogens to spread. The UK government’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has estimated that by 2050, 10 million people a year will die from AMR infections. The impact of AMR will not be seen only in terms of morbidity and mortality but also in the economy with an approximation that if no new antimicrobial treatments are found then by 2050 the world economy will have lost 7% of its GDP, $100.2 trillion.

The problem is compounded by the lack of novel agents in development and a lack of alternative strategies to reduce microbial spread, and is predicted to lead to annual death rates of ten million people a year globally by 2050. New ways of preventing the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria especially amongst vulnerable populations, such as those in the healthcare system could reduce the number of healthcare associated infections and reduce antibiotic treatment.

This project in collaboration with an external company will seek primarily to identify different surface systems (nano-reservoirs) to make metallic and organic coated surfaces inherently anti-microbial. The systems will be smart release and will provide protection over a sustained period of time. The efficacy of the chosen surface will be robustly tested, where the capability of reducing or preventing microbial growth will be quantified experimentally. We envisage the applicant will have experience of techniques, such as, bacterial growth and microscopy. The student will conduct appropriate biological tests and analysis to quantify the bacterial sensitivity over a range of concentration and exposure to the test materials.

Identification of an effective surface will allow the company to incorporate the system into new products, allowing growth within the company and also allowing them to market the system as an effective way of preventing the spread of hospital infections with a view to increasing sales.

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 30 credit award.

For more details please see here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/medical-engineering-kess-msc-research-novel-anti-microbial.php

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree Microbiology/genetics/biochemistry or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information). 

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 – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk.

Administrative contacts and how to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Rowan Brown/Dr Rowena Jenkins regarding information on the area of research by email (m.r.brown@swansea.ac.uk / r.e.jenkins@swansea.ac.uk).

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2019-20
  2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Form 
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS office at the address stated on the KESS application form (original ink signatures only).

For any other queries, please contact: KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is 24 May 2019.

Funding notes

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,586 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form. 

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Please note that a KESS student is not eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Degree loan, because they will be in receipt of KESS II support.

Funding information

Funding applies to:
EU applicants (including UK)
Application deadline:
24 May 2019
Please see our website for how to apply: