Swansea University PHD Scholarship in Biological Sciences 2023

  • Organisation: Swansea University
  • Duty Station: United Kingdom
  • Opportunity Type: Scholarships
  • Qualification: PhD
  • Reward: £17,668
  • Deadline: 27 February 2023

Fish welfare is central for the sustainable growth of aquaculture but, because fish domestication is very recent compared to mammals and birds, knowledge and protocols for assessing welfare in aquaculture is limited. Changes in behaviour (aggression) and reduction in brain size are common effects of fish farming, but their importance for fish welfare are unknown. Smaller brain size and lower cognitive abilities seem related to the less complex farming environment compared to natural fish habitats.


The ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta) and the lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) are currently used as cleanerfish (a biological alternative for parasite control) in the Atlantic salmon (Atlantic salmon) farming industry. These species do not coexist in the wild but are reared together in salmon cages, raising concerns about their health and welfare, but also potentially creating a more complex, richer environment than in mono-culture.


Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level in Biosciences or a related subject, or a master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University).


English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 6.0) or Swansea recognised equivalent.


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 of £17,668.

Additional research expenses will also be available.

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