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Fuel Technology MSc by Research

Course Description

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
Process optimisation
Pilot scale studies


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!

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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