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 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 opposite), 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.

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 refer here.

We acknowledge that EPSRC guidelines state that up to 30% of new students in a cohort may be classified as ‘international’; however, this flexibility cannot be applied as our Engineering Doctorate candidates must also meet WEFO criteria outlined above.  For further information on ‘international’ classification please refer here.      

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. 

Masters graduates are not eligible to apply for a further Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduates are not eligible to apply for either a Masters 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 – refer here.  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.

Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) provides industry led postgraduate research training based at Swansea University's new Bay Campus. M2A is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.