Funded PhDs and Masters Degrees

Joanne Swidenbank, current KESS PhD student

KESS 2 Doctorate Scholarships

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys, and the Welsh Government's ESF programme for East Wales.

The KESS programme has specific scholarships available where the participant must live in West Wales and the Valleys or East Wales. Please see 'Information Pack' for an East vs West Wales Valleys residence map.

PhD (21857)

Investigating the efficacy of interventions targeting functional speech for minimally verbal learners with autism and intellectual disabilities

PhD (21877)

Investigation of magnetic properties of thin laminations in electric machines

PhD (21422) 

Psychological interventions for physical recovery from acute exercise induced fatigue

PhD (21868)

Big Data Analytics for predicting talent trends and demand

PhD (21428)

Enhancing the holistic wellbeing of patients in NHS Wales through development of spiritual assessment processes

PhD (21943)

Screening and intervention for individuals with Alcohol Related Brain Damage

PhD (21869)

Study of a low cost robust external cavity based speckle free diode laser

PhD (21432)

Visualisation for Cyber Security

Masters by Research (21445)

Rail sector threat intelligence

Masters by Research (21441)

Threat intelligence for industrial process control systems in CNI

Masters by Research (21442)

Realistic CNI cyber security exercising

Masters by Research (21443)

Deception approaches for CNI

Masters by Research (21736)

Gold in Wales; soil geochemistry as an exploration tool

Masters by Research (21728)

Techno-economic Analysis of Solar Heat Farms: Hydrogen, Water or Electricity?

Masters by Research (21727)

Development of a rapid and sensitive method to detect the parasite Cryptosporidium in drinking water

Masters by Research (21726)

Community-based Optometric Referral Refinement & Monitoring for wAMD: Evaluation of Stakeholder Experience in Wales

Masters by Research (21757)

To Develop and Evaluate One Virtual Reality Motor Rehabilitation Program for Post-Stroke Survivors


The participant information for scholarships can be accessed on the following:

East v West Wales Valleys residence map

EAST WALES KESS 2 Studentship Application Form

WEST WALES KESS 2 Studentship Application Form

KESS 2 Monitoring Form

KESS 2 Reference Form East-West

Please obtain the references and provide them with your form by the deadline. If your referees prefer to provide the reference directly to USW, please ask them to email the completed form directly to kess@southwales.ac.uk by the advertised deadline (they should include the 5-digit scholarship reference number/scholarship title in the email).

Please do not use the Director of Studies for the scholarship you are applying for as your academic reference.

For an informal discussion about KESS2 please contact:

Clare Naylor
KESS II Programme Manager
(01443) 482567

Alison Evans
KESS 2 Programme Co-ordinator

(01443) 482578

The Education (Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans) (Wales) Regulations 2018 makes it clear that a KESS student is not eligible for a Postgraduate Doctoral Degree loan, because they will be in receipt of KESS 2 support.

For reference, please refer to the hyperlink above, specifically clause (3) (m): “A person (“A”) is not an eligible student if — there has been bestowed on or paid to A, in relation to the course, any allowance, bursary or award made under the KESS 2 Scheme.”

It is the responsibility of KESS applicants (and appointed KESS students) to ensure they comply with these regulations.

It is a condition of eligibility for KESS2 funding that you have not applied for, nor are intending to apply for, a Doctoral or research Masters Loan.



FSE KESS KESS East

Other postgraduate bursaries

There are a number of bursaries, scholarships and funding options available to postgraduate research students.

Lydon-Hodges Bursary

Postgraduate Fees and Funding (including Masters and Doctoral Loans)

Doctoral Training Alliance

USW Research