M2A

Your Questions Answered

What is an EngD?

It is a 4 year PhD level qualification where the research project is determined and sponsored by an industrial partner. The EngD also provides training in business, management and leadership skills to enhance employability and create leaders within industry.

What is an MSc by research?

It is a 1 year research masters qualification where the research project is determined and sponsored by an industrial partner. It provides valuable industrial and academic research experience.

How much will I get paid?

£20,000 per annum for the EngD.
£12,500 for the MSc by research.

Who will I be working with?

You will work closely with your industry sponsor, your academic supervisor and the M2A co-ordination and management team throughout your studies. Your industry sponsor will provide you with research supervision and time within the industry giving you valuable experience. Your academic supervisor will integrate you into their research group where you will liaise with a wide variety of people from undergraduates to post doctoral researchers. You will also be part of a cohort of 24 EngDs and 8 MScs to provide peer support and social activities.

What types of industrial sponsors are involved?

Current sponsors of projects include Tata Steel, The Royal Mint, BASF, NSG, Richard Noble Consulting, Cogent Power, Crown Packaging and many others.

What does postgraduate research entail?

Postgraduate research is very different from undergraduate life in that you have a specific research goal and it is completely self driven. It is equivalent to a job in terms of working hours and holidays but affords you with the opportunity for creative research, development of your own scientific theories and the opportunity to perform advanced in experiments in world leading facilities.

How does EngD improve career prospects?

Our EngD graduates (of which there have been over 200) have achieved a 97% employability rate and many of our alumni are now leaders of large companies. The knowledge and skills that you gain are unparalleled for postgraduate schemes and the interface with industry ensures that graduates have a full complement of proficiencies to excel in their career.

How does the EngD compare to a traditional PhD?

In general, you will gain more industrial experience plus the addition of the training courses that provide you with business, leadership and management skills. These make a big difference to prospective employers.

Do I pay fees?

All fees are paid for you by the M2A. You pay nothing.

Is this open to students from outside the EU

No. The funding for the M2A is provided by the UK government (EPSRC) and WEFO (ESF) and so will only fund students from within the UK and EU.

If I take an EngD how much time will I spend in taught modules?

The first three months of year one have 6 technical modules that run in an intensive format in two week blocks. You will then have 6 further courses during the remaining three years that focus on business and management skills in preparation for you exiting the scheme into employment. These are again taught in a short, intensive two week format.

Is there opportunity for overseas travel?

Yes. We offer all EngD's the opportunity to present their research at an international conference (previous examples include Hawaii, China, Japan, LA) and also offer some secondment opportunities in institutions or companies based overseas.

Where will I be based?

This depends on the research techniques the project requires. Some students are wholly based with their industry partner, some wholly based at the University but most will have a mix of industrial and University based activity.

What are the facilities like?

The M2A is based at Swansea University's brand new £450 million Bay Campus. There has been an investment of over £10 million in new equipment and this means that Swansea now has world class expertise for:

  • • Materials imaging and characterisation
  • • Coatings development and production
  • • Corrosion research
  • • Printing technologies
  • • Computer modelling and simulation
  • • Advanced manufacturing techniques
Do I have to work for the sponsoring company once I’ve finished?

There is no commitment to work for the sponsoring company although the project provides you with an excellent opportunity to integrate into your sponsoring industry.

What degree subject and classification to I need to be eligible for the M2A?

Any Engineering, Science, Maths or Computer Science degree is suitable for entry. You must achieve a minimum of a 2i to be accepted onto the scheme.

What is the recruitment process?

Recruitment involves initially completing an application form. Suitable candidates will then be invited for a technical interview involving the M2A management team, Academics and Industrial sponsors. Successful candidates will then be offered a place on the scheme. We will encourage applicants to select research themes that are of interest to them on the application form. Successful applicants will then select a specific research project that interests them most from within these themes that will be supplied by industrial sponsors over the winter/spring period.

Does this count towards chartership?

Your experience on the scheme will count towards chartership and we can assign mentors to you who can help you start the chartership process.