Engineering: M2A Fully Funded EngD Scholarship: Big data analytics of the Port Talbot Hot Strip Mill

Closing date: 28 February 2018

Key Information

Start date: October 2018

Sponsoring Company: Tata Steel

The Tata Steel integrated steel plant in Port Talbot collects vast amounts of data in the various works areas. The Hot Mill is the bottleneck of the plant and if manipulated properly, the data generated can be a gold mine of opportunity. Data is stored in various formats in huge quantities, calling for a need to use novel analysis techniques in order to functionalise it.

The idea is to process the data & display it in such a way that it improves decision making processes for the day technical team.

One second of saved processing time per bar results in a £1M benefit in speed of work, thus this type of work can yield huge cost benefits!

Project Aims:

  1. Spend time on plant to understand origin of data and how it relates to the physical reality of the process
  2. Use novel data analysis techniques to improve understanding of the hot rolling process & associated variation
  3. Identify areas of opportunity to decrease process variation
  4. Identify whether data can be used to monitor asset integrity and optimise maintenance schedules

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Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. 

The candidate will have a degree in Data science, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or other Engineering/Science discipline, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

The candidate must have own means of transport and will be expected to spend some time in various operational sites in order to broaden horizons and improve understanding of the Tata Steel product range.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at:


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a.

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online application form.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed by email to: