Digital manufacturing of single use surgical instruments- Masters by Research

Subject area: Mechanical Engineering

Project Title: Digital manufacturing of single use surgical instruments

Location: Swansea University, College of Engineering

Annual Stipend: £11,702

Application Deadline: 15th November 2019 (Start date – early January 2020)

Project Description (max 500 words):

DTR Medical are endeavouring to introduce their next generation of products embracing elements of circular economy and / or biodegradeable / bio composite materials.

The next generation of product development process needs to embrace aspects of digitalisation of manufacturing process, life cycle analysis and sustainable manufacturing. This project will focus on developing a roadmap based on risk-based thinking and organisational knowledge management techniques suggested in ISO9001L2015 quality standard. The first step in the project is to undertake material characterisation study and complete manufacturability analysis in order to develop design and process FMEA (Failure mode effects analysis) guidelines as suggested by the newly proposed VDA-AIAG FMEA guidelines. The study will also include life-cycle analysis of surgical instruments (shelf-life, bacterial resistance, storage requirements, waste management) and product environmental interaction with surgical theatres (sterilisation impact). The student will choose a product example to demonstrate how digitalising the entire process can help improve design process and shorten product development cycle. The student will use design and material characterisation facilities available at College of Engineering in Swansea University.

 The scholarship offers all eligible participants (student):

  • KESS Scholarship holders do not pay fees
  • A monthly stipend to £11,702 per annum
  • An additional budget to support your research of £3,000 for travel, conference attendance, minor equipment, consumables and training
  • An opportunity to access a suite of higher level skills training & attendance at a residential KESS Grad School
  • A minimum of 30 days a year working with the company partner on their allocated project
  • All participants must complete the KESS Postgraduate Skills Development Award


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in the undergraduate degree in a closely related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU fees (see–advice/fees-and-money/Wales-fee-status for more information. For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS 2 Participant Proposal From.

How to Apply:

Applicants are advised to contact Dr Ransing regarding information on the area of research by email (

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS 2 Participant Proposal Form – and return to
  2. Complete the KESS 2 Supplementary form – and return to

You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Degree certificate/s
  • Two references*
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS 2 Participant Proposal Form
  • *The references can take the form of a letter on official headed paper, or via the Universities standard reference form. Alternatively, referees can directly email a reference from their employer email account to Please note that references received via private emails accounts (e.g. Hotmail, yahoo) cannot be accepted.

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 in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application received in English.

For other queries, please contact:

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Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) 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.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.