Mechanical Engineering: KESS II Fully Funded MSc by Research Scholarship: Additive manufacture of polymer microneedles

Closing date: 18 May 2018

Key Information

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*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

Delivery of therapeutic substances though the outer layer of skin through microneedles is a rapidly expanding pain free alternative to traditional hypodermic needles. Innoture Medical Technology Limited have a patented technique for large-scale manufacture of microneedles. This project will explore the unique manufacturing process so that it can be optimised and made more predictable. This project will combine production testing, via additive manufacturing and optical analysis, so that the process can also be made more robust and flexible to produce a greater variety of microneedles, in different shapes and sizes, depending on the application.

The MSc will be conducted at College of Engineering, Swansea University a Top 10 UK University for Engineering Research (REF 2014). The successful candidate will also work closely with Innoture in their Research and Development facility based in Swansea University.

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.


Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or physical sciences, with a 2.1 or above. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see for more information).

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact

For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,472 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances assessed in section C point 4 in the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2017-18

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Chris Phillips ( or Natalie Demello ( regarding information on the area of research.

To apply:

1. Complete the 

2. Complete the  KESS II Supplementary Form

3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English Language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the  KESS II Supplementary Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS Office at the address stated on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form (original ink signatures only).

For any queries please contact

The deadline for applications is 4pm 18 May 2018.