Science and Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC iCase and NSG Pilkington PhD Scholarship: Advanced Optoelectronic & Microelectronic Glass

  • DeadlineDeadline: 27 May 2024
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Closing date: 27 May 2024

Funding providers: EPSRC iCASE and NSG Pilkington

Subject areas: Photodetectors, Semiconductors, Electronics, Optoelectronics

Project start date

  • 1 July 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-June)
  • 1 October 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-September)


Professor Paul Meredith
Dr Greg Burwell
Professor David Ritchie
Professor Su Varma (NSG Pilkington) 

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Physics or Materials Engineering

Mode of study: Full-time 

Project description
Advanced glass technology with added electronic functionality is increasingly prevalent in areas such as smart displays (think about the touch screen on a smart phone or tablet), IOT sensing and next generation healthcare devices. In addition, the use of glass substrates in advanced semiconductor devices is a huge new opportunity. This project focuses up these opportunities, and will entail early-stage concept investigations of the integration of transparent / semi-transparent optoelectronics and electronic circuitry on glass with advanced semiconductor functional elements. This PhD project will be undertaken in close collaboration with (and is sponsored by) a multinational glass and coatings company and will be undertaken within the new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM) – Swansea University’s flagship new £55M facility for advanced semiconductor research and development. 

This studentship will also be part of an exciting new Doctoral Training Initiative called UK Semiconductor Industry Future Skills or UK-SIFS for short. UK-SIFS will create a vibrant, multi-disciplinary cohort experience for all our students and provide highly practical training of substantial value to those interested in careers in the semiconductor and related sectors such as optoelectronics and clean energy. You will also have a chance to work with a large range of industrial partners such as NSG Pilkington, who will not only deliver training content but also co-supervise research and host secondments. We would particularly welcome appropriately qualified applicants with experience from other industry sectors looking to embark on a new career journey in semiconductors. If you want to undertake cutting edge research in world class facilities closely linked to the rapidly expanding UK semiconductor, glass and optoelectronics sectors, then UK-SIFS is your opportunity.  

Application areas: IOT, imaging and artificial / machine vision, monitoring the built environment, extreme environment encapsulation, diagnostics, LIDAR and local communications protocols. 

For more details please see here:

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a UK bachelor’s degree with a minimum of Upper Second Class honours or overseas bachelor’s degree deemed equivalent to UK honours (by UK ECCTIS) and achieved a grade equivalent to UK Upper Second Class honours OR a master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University). If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements. Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency. 

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations.


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (£18,622 for 2023/24 and £19,237 for 2024/25). Additional research expenses will also be available.

How To Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

Course choice – please select Physics or Materials Engineering / PhD / Full-time / 3 Year / July (or October)
In the event you have already applied for the above programme previously, the application system may issue a warning notice and prevent application, in this event, please email where staff will be happy to assist you in submitting your application.

Start year – please select 2024
Funding (page 8) –
‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS617 - Microelectronic Glass’
*It is the responsibility of the applicant to list the above information accurately when applying, please note that applications received without the above information listed will not be considered for the scholarship award.

One application is required per individual Swansea University led research scholarship award; applications cannot be considered listing multiple Swansea University led research scholarship awards.

We encourage you to complete the following to support our commitment to providing an environment free of discrimination and celebrating diversity at Swansea University: 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form (online form) 
As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via e-mail). We strongly advise you to provide the listed supporting documents by the advertised application closing date. Please note that your application may not be considered without the documents listed:

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A cover letter including a ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form.
  • Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of EDI form submission (optional) 

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Rhian Jones (

*External Partner Application Data Sharing – Please note that as part of the scholarship application selection process, application data sharing may occur with external partners outside of the University, when joint/co- funding of a scholarship project is applicable.

Who is eligible to apply?

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations. 

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