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Nanotechnology MSc by Research

Course Description

Our world-class Systems and Process Engineering Centre brings together academic expertise from across the University, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities. With our enviable reputation for research in Nanotechnology, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Nanotechnology.

The emphasis of our nanotechnology research is on the development of applications-driven research and the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the workplace or health centre.

Interaction with industry is a key component of the centre’s strategy. We are a world-leader in power electronics, telecommunications, nanotechnology and biometrics and modelling of nanoelectronic devices research.

Links with industry

Nanotechnology research at Swansea University places a strong emphasis on the development of applications-driven research and the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the work place or health centre. Interaction with industry is therefore a key component of the Centre’s strategy and we have collaborated with major multinational companies such as Agilent, Boots and Sharp, as well as a number of smaller Welsh-based companies.


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

Student Profiles

Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Novel Biopesticide Formulation for Improved Biocontrol of Western Flower Thrips (WFT) in Food and Non-Food Crops - Single Award

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*MSc by Research for UK or EU applicants in the field of: NanotechnologySubject study: Novel biopesticide formulation for improved biocontrol of Western flower thrips (WFT) in food and non-food cropsWestern flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, has developed resistance to insecticides and is very difficult to control currently as adequate and reliable biocontrols are not available. WFT caused crop damage of >£20m to high value protected strawberry in the UK alone and worldwide direct damage is in excess of £5 billion per annum (Kirk, WDJ, Keele University, 2014). This project will develop effective entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) formulations, using nanoparticles to encapsulate the EPF spores, for control of WFT in strawberry and other pests. A few EPF based (=bioinsecticides) products are currently commercially available for some insect pests, but pick-up of the formulated fungal spores by thrips and other pests is low even when spores are present on foliage and flowers and the level of control is poor (Defra HL01107). This project will develop encapsulated EPF formulations that increase spore pick-up, longevity and hence efficacy of the EPF as a pesticide to control WFT.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend plus UK/EU tuition fees


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Molecular Biosciences or a related subject. Please visit our website for more information regarding eligibility criteria: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/nanotechnology-kess-msc-research-novel-biopesticide.php

Application Procedure

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

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research Nanotechnology is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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