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Masters Scholarship (MPhil), Swansea University, UK

Topic: The Management of the Health Impacts of Air Pollution through the Development of Low-cost Air Quality Monitoring Technology

Institution: Swansea University – Management/Engineering


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.

Start date: January 2018

The causal relationship between air pollution and ill-health is well-studied and robustly established, and in the UK alone air pollution contributes to shortening the life of an estimated 50,000 British people each year ( The entire population is exposed to air pollution, but the health impacts of this exposure are experienced much more commonly in vulnerable people, particularly those with pre-existing health conditions.

Monitoring air pollution, however, is expensive and the ways in which this data is used varies widely across the UK. To improve the abilities of local governments across the UK to provide current air pollution levels to patients as well as the general public, it is imperative that:

  1. Cost-effective and accurate monitoring systems are developed.
  2. Clinically-relevant pollution thresholds are identified and then used in air quality management.
  3. Information about air quality is provided to the public in a form that is conducive to risk reduction in particular and adaptation of behaviour in general.

The overall aims of this studentship are to engage with local government and other stakeholders (the public, private and third sectors) to better understand the impact of air quality on people’s health and wellbeing, to design low-cost monitoring devices for manufacture and evaluate the data they capture to help inform strategies for behaviour change.

Please visit the Centre for Health and Environmental Management Research and Innovation for more information.

Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (2.1) honours degree in a technical discipline (electrical engineering, environment science), preferably with a substantial research skills element. As specified above, we seek a candidate with a strong interest and/or track record in both technical engineering and management disciplines.

Applications are welcome from International Students on the understanding that the difference between the fees awarded (£4,195) and the international fee rate would be met by the successful candidate.

Additional Funding Information
The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax-free stipend of £14,296 p.a.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following documents to Amy Jones (

  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • Research proposal
  • Academic transcripts
  • Academic references (at least two)

Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcomed, and may be directed to Amy Jones ( / +44 (0)1792 606929).

The deadline for applications is 23 October 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the 25th October 2017 and the interviewing process will take place in the following fortnight.

Good luck!

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