Mechanical Engineering: KESS II Funded MSc Research Studentship: Optimisation of the manufacturing processes for polymer microneedles

Swansea University
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Deadline: 31 October 2017

Mechanical Engineering: KESS II Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Optimisation of the manufacturing processes for polymer microneedles

Closing date: 31 October 2017

Key Information

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Mechanical Engineering: KESS II Funded MSc Research Studentship: Optimisation of the manufacturing processes for polymer microneedles: Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

*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 which has been refined through empirical testing. This project will explore the fundamental mechanics of the process so that it can be made more predictable and can be further optimised. This project will combine production testing, via stencil printing and microscopy, with theory so that the process can also be made more robust and flexible to produce a greater variety of microneedles 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–Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information).

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form .

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact

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


The studentship 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 ‌.

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   KESS II Participant Proposal Form

2. Complete the  KESS Supplementary Application 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 Participant Proposal 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 31 October 2017.

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