This university is offering engineering graduates paid masters degrees

Amy O'Neill

Get £16,000 tax-free funding to undertake Masters by Research (MRes) projects at Lancaster University.

Want to get paid while helping to make the world a better place? Lancaster University have four paid research projects at their Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. If you have an interest in sustainability and business innovation, then one of these projects might be exactly what you're looking for. 


First, here's what you'll get

You'll be working alongside one of four established companies (Spiroflow, LiNa Energy, Koitech Global, and SDG Changemakers) to help develop eco-innovative business solutions. You'll also receive:

  • £16,000 tax-free
  • Reduced tuition fees
  • Ongoing supervision and support from Lancaster University's Teaching Fellows and business partners for the duration of your degree
  • A full Masters by Research degree (MRes) from one of the UK's top university
  • A strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas or progress on to further study


Next, learn a little more about the Centre

Lancaster University's Centre for Global Eco-Innovation was opened in 2012, with a vision of using the University's world-class environmental research to help drive innovation for Clean and Sustainable Growth. Previous projects at the centre have supported more than 700 SMEs since 2012.

Now, through their Eco-I North West project, the University is recruiting researchers onto a number of funded Master's by Research (MRes) projects. These will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The successful candidates will join a team of like-minded researchers and be mentored by Lancaster's Innovation Fellows.


Finally, here are the available projects to choose from

There are four projects open for application:

  • Spiroflow - Development of a precision calculation tool for scaling industrial dry ingredient conveying systems.

Spiroflow are global leaders in the field of powder handling and dry solids processing. The goal of their project is to create a fit-for-purpose calculation tool that will eventually allow for longer length conveyors and smaller drive motors, helping to reduce the energy and carbon footprint used for potentially every blue chip manufacturing company that all use these conveyors.

To apply to this project, you'll need a 2:1 degree or above in Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering. 


  • LiNa Energy - Investigating tetrahertz spectroscopy to inspect electrolyte porosity in battery production – Helping the move to net zero emissions by 2050.

LiNa Energy is a spin-out of Lancaster University, applying modern materials engineering to the sodium-nickel-chloride battery to create a game-changing storage technology. Their project investigates the feasibility of terahertz spectroscopy for potentially guiding battery production and accelerating towards the net zero target of greenhouse emissions by 2050.

To apply to this project, you'll need a 2:1 degree or above in a Physical Sciences/Engineering discipline, especially in Chemical or Electronic Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science.


  • Koitech Global - Development of a modular powerbank that offers rapid mobile device charging.

Koitech Global create practical solutions to the ever-increasing demand for energy consumption in battery-operated consumer and mobile devices. Their project will contribute to the development of a kinetic recharging concept into an operational prototype that the business can then take forward to secure the investment needed to launch the product into the marketplace.

To apply for this project, you'll need a 2:1 degree or above in Engineering, Physics or another related discipline.


  • SDG Changemakers The development of a blueprint for an innovative digital tool to urgently drive forward sustainable business practices.

SDG Changemakers is a new virtual start-up business, specialising in sustainable entrepreneurism and consultancy. Their project aims to consolidate user-analysis of UK-based MSMEs (Mico, Small, and Medium Enterprises) and further data collection to produce comprehensive design recommendations for the creation of a digital tool that addresses these enterprises needs and blind spots regarding sustainable development goal implementation.

To apply for this project, you'll need a 2:1 degree or above in Computer Science, Design, Sociology, or another relevant discipline.