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KESS Mphil Scholarship

Aberystwyth University is seeking to recruit a 1-year full time MPhil to work on a project entitled: Strategies for enhancing the shelf-life of meat for consumers – the role of antioxidants. Improving shelf life and maintaining fresh colour of meat is important for consumers and also is an important determinant of “waste” in the red meat sector. Maintaining colour shelf life and reducing waste in red meat is the focus of this project.

The overall objective is to investigate key factors influencing the antioxidants in forage and delivery through to beef ( using Celtic Pride Beef as the model ). The industry partner, Wynnstay Ltd, are involved with the Celtic Pride Beef scheme in Wales, which is a unique supply chain initiative to produce a premium beef product for Wales.

To apply, please submit the following :

The project will examine a range of factors influencing the antioxidant content of forages ( including species, wilting, ensiling, additives ).

The project will assess the degree of variation in the antioxidant content of Celtic Pride beef and establish relationships between animal diet and antioxidants in beef.

These measurements will provide important baseline information on antioxidant content of Celtic Pride beef and will assist in development of protocols to further enhance and reduce degree of variability in the antioxidant content of beef.

Study : Scholarships are offered for research project entitled :  Strategies for enhancing the shelf-life of meat for consumers – the role of antioxidants. Two areas of study will be developed in the research:

(1) The project will examine a range of factors influencing the antioxidant content of forages ( including species, wilting, ensiling, additives ).

(2) The project will assess the degree of variation in the antioxidant content of Celtic Pride beef and establish relationships between animal diet and antioxidants in beef. These measurements will provide important baseline information on antioxidant content of Celtic Pride beef and will assist in development of protocols to further enhance and reduce degree of variability in the antioxidant content of beef. 

Eligibility for KESS MPhil Scholarship

The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree, and be available to take up the studentship by June or July . The prospective applicant should also not hold or currently be working towards a qualification at Master’s Degree level or higher. Applicant must also be a resident, upon application, in the Convergence Area of Wales and he / she must be able to take paid employment in the Convergence area on completion of the scholarship. 

The Convergence Area means the following counties of Wales :

Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd,  Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Torfaen

How to apply for KESS MPhil Scholarship

To apply, please submit the following to the Postgraduate Admissions Office by March.

  • A completed Research Programme Application Form, two references. Application and reference forms may be downloaded from here
  • A completed KESS application form ( put the reference number AU50002 in the top right hand box of the application form ) and an up-to-date CV. KESS application forms are available to download at the link.
  • A Personal Statement of up to 1,000 words where you expand on your experience and interests and describe why you are a good candidate for this research studentship. 

Closing  date for KESS MPhil Scholarship applications : 22nd March