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Fuel Technology MSc by Research


Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Fuel Technology at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Key Features of MSc in Fuel Technology

Providing a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future through the discovery and implementation of new technology is a key challenge for the 21st Century. With more people requiring energy, effective solutions need to come from a wide range of sources. For the near term, various fuels will be the key to energy globally; presently oil and gas with an increasing reliance on hydrogen and biofuels.

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is a leading centre of excellence for the development of advanced technologies in energy resources.

The Centre benefits from world-leading expertise in the area of a wide range of energy technologies and fuel technology.

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) research areas, broadly speaking, fit into one of three categories:

- Hydrocarbon: Oil and gas production and processing; downstream issues relating to efficient fuel refining; additives and fuel composition/performance chemistry.
- Hydrogen: technologies for the efficient generation of hydrogen from wasted energy generation; photocatalysis for hydrogen generation; hydrogen as an energy vector.
- CO2: technologies for the efficient removal of carbon dioxide from fuel feedstocks; use of carbon dioxide as a fuel source.
- Biofuel: methods for developing the process streams enabling integration of biofuel production with the chemistry industry supply chain.

The MSc by Research Fuel Technology has a wide range of subject choices including:

Catalyst design
Process characterisation
Refining
Process optimisation
Pilot scale studies

MSc by Reasearch in Fuel Technology typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Find out more about the facilities at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University on our website.

Links with Industry

One of the major strengths of the College of Engineering at Swansea University is the close and extensive involvement with local, national and international engineering companies.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK

Visit the Fuel Technology MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/taught/swansea-masters-scholarships-2017.php


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Fuel Technology: KESS II Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Hydrogen safety systems to be deployed on Riversimple beta vehicles - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The objective of this project is to verify hydrogen safety systems that Riversimple intends to deploy on its beta trial cars. To satisfy safety goals and regulatory requirements, a system needs to be deployed that can detect a hydrogen leak in the sub-frame of the vehicle and close hydrogen supply valves should a leak occur. A safety concept has been designed that involves using a hydrogen leak detector and mass flow algorithm embedded on a vehicle ECU as leak detection mechanisms. The ECU also controls hydrogen valves and can be used to isolate the system should a leak occur. At this time the system is largely untested. This project would develop test apparatus to show the system works, providing evidence the safety concept satisfies safety goals. Proton pump technology under development in the ESRI labs could be utilised as a H2 sensor.Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s 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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

11,358

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Engineering or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/fuel-technology-kess-msc-research-hydrogen-safety.php


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Fuel Technology: KESS II Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Hydrogen fuel cell purge recirculation system for improved hydrogen vehicle efficiency - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The objective of this project is to develop a recirculation system so that hydrogen purged from the fuel cell could be re-used. Riversimple currently deploy a fuel cell that purges excess hydrogen to clear the system of moisture. Hydrogen is vented to atmosphere and is wasted. Not only does this create a less efficient system, it also creates unnecessary extra emissions from the vehicle. It is proposed that a system could be developed that re-circulates the purged hydrogen so it can be re-used by the fuel cell. This feels technically possible, potentially using some kind of accumulator device. This would need to be explored through the project.Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s 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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

11,358

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Engineering or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research Fuel Technology is a first or upper second class honours degree in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, or a related discipline, such as chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or other engineering discipline. IELTS English language requirement of at least 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.

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