Closing date: 19 July 2019

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

Start date: October 2019

The Nightingale Ltd. has developed a system for measuring thin films and coatings using proprietary technologies called Beam Profile Reflectometry (BPR) and Beam Profile Ellipsometry (BPE). The underlying technology, which works by analysing the profile of a reflected laser beam, was developed in the semiconductor industry in the 1990s, but only used in that industry on perfectly flat and smooth surfaces. Nightingale-EOS has shown how the technology can be extended for use on tilted, curved and rough surfaces, and has identified many potential uses in the medical device, pharmaceutical and engineering industries.

The current hardware is affected by sources of noise which make its measurements insufficiently stable for production use in a commercial environment. This objective of this project is to identify the sources of noise and the development of suitable mitigation for them. This will require the generation of a quantity of raw data from which noise patterns can be identified and correlated with external factors. This will require the collection and statistical analysis of data, including the condition of the measurement system and its environment, as well as the measurement data pertaining to various different types of sample-under-test. The project will also include predictive mathematical modelling, in order to test hypotheses about the behaviour of the apparatus and compare modelled predictions with the results of subsequent measurements.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. 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 40 credit award.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Professor Tim C Claypole regarding information on the area of research by email (

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2019-20
  2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary 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 application form (original ink signatures only).

Application forms may be submitted in Welsh and any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application received in English.

For any other queries, please contact:

The deadline for applications is 4pm 19 July 2019.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in engineering, physics or appropriate related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see–Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information).

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

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

Funding Notes

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,702 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Please note that students receiving KESS II support are not eligible for Postgraduate Master’s Degree loan.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

19 July 2019

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