Swansea University Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Investigation of Shoreline Stability, UK

Publish Date: May 02, 2016

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Investigation of Shoreline Stability

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD scholarship in Coastal Engineering.

Project description: The PhD position will be aligned with the recently awarded MORPHINE project funded by EPSRC relating to the performance of beach mega nourishments in the UK context, and provide the applicant with plenty of scope for collaboration with internationally leading researchers. The PhD project will focus on developing new methods of assessing the morphodynamic stability of shoreline shape subject to perturbations. At a practical level, results from the project could contribute to guidance on whether beach interventions, such as removal or addition of sediment, can be expected to evolve smoothly or to generate undulations along the shoreline. Research is expected to comprise the development of analytical theory as well as novel computational methods to generalise the analytical results.  

College of Engineering

The successful applicant will join the Energy & Environment Research Group in the College of Engineering which is accommodated in the University’s new coastal campus (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/campus-development/ ). Research within the group is focussed on coastal and estuarine dynamics, hydrology, resource characterisation for and environmental impact of marine and wind renewable energy systems. We have access to our own coastal laboratory as well as high performance computing facilities within the College and the University. The College has a strong research focus and has received over £120 million in research funding since 2008.  The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines, while the Complete University Guide 2016 ranks our General Engineering Research Quality as 6th in the UK. 

The successful candidate will be expected to start their studies in October 2016. The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Dominic Reeve and Dr Harshinie Karaunrathna.


Candidates should hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject area, such as Coastal Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Oceanography or a related field.

Some familiarity with the dynamics of tides, waves and coastal morphology would be an advantage. 

This scholarship is open to UK, EU and international applicants.


The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £14,296 p.a for three years.

International students are welcome to apply, but will be required to pay the difference between the UK/EU fee level and the international fee level. International students must demonstrate that they are able to fund the difference between UK/EU and International tuition fees, in totality, prior to the commencement of studies. 

How to Apply

To apply, please send your:

  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • Names and contact details of two academic references

to: Professor Dominic Reeve: d.e.reeve@swansea.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31st May 2016.

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed to Professor Reeve on the email address above.

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