Due to the ongoing uncertainty with regards to Covid-19 we are following Swansea University policy and the M2A team are currently working from home. The M2A remains open and can be contacted via the usual phone number, email and social media channels. If you have applied for one of our projects the interview schedule may be affected. We will contact applicants in due course with further information.

M2A and Industry

The M2A offers Master’s (1 year) and Doctorates (4 years) that focus on industrial research projects in Materials and Manufacturing. Our research has 3 main areas of focus;

Why Sponsor a Project?

The M2A offers an accessible and affordable method for engaging in university research. Through sponsoring a student, you will gain access to our state of the art facilities, access to leading academics and a dedicated researcher to carry out your project.

The funding aspect of the projects offers a cost effective method to take on research projects whilst minimising the financial risk to your business.

Through sponsoring a researcher, you are creating a resource to carry out activities that may not be achievable within current business workloads.

Many of our graduates remain within their sponsor company making it an effective recruitment tool to train the engineers of tomorrow.

The Benefits
  • • Subsidized, sector leading industrial research and development.
  • • First-class facilities and expertise at Swansea University, a UK top 10 academic centre for advanced materials and manufacturing research.
  • • A steady source of top-class research talent for your business.
Your Commitment
  • • £10,500 + VAT a year (£42k in total) for an EngD
  • • £4,500 + VAT for a Masters
  • • A dedicated industrial supervisor
What You Get
  • • A dedicated researcher who is paid a stipend to support their studies – this means that we are able to attract high calibre researchers to the scheme.
  • • Access to the research facilities at Swansea University for the researcher.
  • • A dedicated academic supervisor in the subject area of the research.
  • • A completed thesis of the research at the end of the study programme.
Project Format EngD

An Engineering Doctorate is a professional 4-year degree that combines the scientific research of a PhD with the business skills needed to thrive in a competitive workplace.

Year 1: 4 months of technical training to provide the researcher with relevant background knowledge. This is followed by the production of a comprehensive literature review and initial research.
Year 2: Core research and a number of professional training modules.
Year 3: Core research.
Year 4: Final research, final professional training modules and writing up results into a thesis.

The researchers will also attend quarterly progress meetings where they will communicate their results to their sponsors.

MSc by Research
The MSc differs from the taught equivalent as it is solely assessed on the research thesis produced. The student will work on the research problem from day one and will spend approximately 3 months doing background research and initial experiments, 6 months doing core research and the final 3 months writing up their results.

Help in Developing ProjectsThe M2A team have a wealth of experience in setting-up and delivering research programmes. If you would like us to help develop a research project, we are only too happy to help. Please click on the contact us link and we will arrange a convenient time to setup a meeting. IPR

As the M2A utilises funds from Government bodies it has to ensure that it is compliant with State Aid law. The projects are run on a no state aid basis therefore the division of any arising IPR has to be fair and equal. The following arising IPR terms are typical of a research collaboration contract;

Arising Intellectual Property shall vest and be owned as follows:

  • • To the extent that the Arising Intellectual Property is generated or developed by the Company alone, then it shall vest in and be owned absolutely by the Company;
  • • To the extent that the Arising Intellectual Property is generated or developed by the Company jointly with the University and/or the Student, then it shall vest in and be owned jointly by the Company and the University;
  • • To the extent that the Arising Intellectual Property is generated or developed by the University and/or the Student, without the Company’s intellectual contribution, then it shall vest in and be owned absolutely by the University.
If you would like to discuss IPR further, please contact a member of the team.

Example Projects
  • Corrosion performance of novel engineering materials
  • Development of next generation paint formulations
  • Development of pre-treatment primers for building envelope products
  • Anti-tarnish coatings
  • Energy storage solutions for wind turbines
  • Development of transparent photovoltaic devices
  • Development of printed electronic displays
  • Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of fluid flow in industrial applications
  • Modelling the high speed formability of metals