• Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Leeds Featured Masters Courses
  • Swansea University Featured Masters Courses
  • Jacobs University Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Cambridge Featured Masters Courses
  • Goldsmiths, University of London Featured Masters Courses
  • Ulster University Featured Masters Courses
De Montfort University Featured Masters Courses
Cass Business School Featured Masters Courses
Sheffield Hallam University Featured Masters Courses
FindA University Ltd Featured Masters Courses
Bath Spa University Featured Masters Courses

Membrane Technology MSc by Research

Course Description

Swansea University is a world-leader in the area of membrane technologies for water treatment. Pressure is increasing on our limited water resources. With more people requiring clean water, effective solutions need to come from reusing water in the most efficient way. The Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER) is an internationally leading centre of excellence for the development of advanced technologies in water treatment.

The Centre benefits from world-leading expertise in the area of membrane technologies for water treatment.

The Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER) research areas, broadly speaking, fit into one of three categories:

Drinking water treatment: improved methods of portable water treatment, with a view to meeting tightening regulations at cheaper capital and operating costs.
Waste-water treatment: technologies for the efficient removal of environmentally harmful materials and thus reduced emissions per output of discharge.
Process-water treatment: methods for the treatment of process streams enabling the recycling of water and valuable chemical intermediates.

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

Modelling membrane processes
Membrane and process characterisation
Hazardous substances
Development of new membranes
Ozonation and Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs)
Pilot scale studies

Links with industry

One of the major strengths of Membrane Technology at Swansea University is the close and extensive involvement with local, national and international engineering companies. The companies include:

Astra Zeneca
BP Chemicals
Dow Corning
Phillips 66


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

Student Profiles

M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Carbon Footprinting the World’s Most Sustainable House - Single Award

Applications are invited for an M2A (Materials & Manufacturing Academy) funded MSc by Research in Engineering.We are developing MI-PAD®, the most thermally-efficient and sustainable house the world has ever seen, that rethinks and re-engineers every aspect of traditional home construction. It requires no footings or concrete and quite literally screws into the ground. The whole three-bedroomed house is delivered on four trucks and can be assembled on-site in just one day with 50 totally-unique features which challenge the construction status quo. It is perfect for hot or cold climates, and its innovative screw system means it also floats, which makes it ideal for flood-prone areas. It uses ten times less energy for heating and cooling than a standard house.The timing for the potential market for MI-PAD® fits with a growing and changing market for housing in the UK - there is a need for new lower cost construction methods, innovative building solutions with lower energy bills and the requirement for more housing.With new construction techniques and philosophies emerging, the aim of the project will be to compare the carbon footprint of a traditional house against that of a MI-PAD house. This study will not only review typical areas such as insulation and thermal comparisons but also the impact of the construction process. This will include assessing items such as;Site
Reversing the site back to green field. The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in September 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £12,500 p.a.


Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.This project would ideally suit an individual with a background in Life Cycle Analysis, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering or similar.Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research in Membrane 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. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Email Enquiry

Recipient: Swansea University
Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.
Email Sent

Share this page:

Cookie Policy    X