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Lancaster University

Masters by Research: Delkia
Location Lancaster University
Starts Oct 2021
Deadline 04 Aug 2021

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University and Delkia.

Location: Lancaster University

Project details

• Get paid £16,000 tax-free.

• Have your tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,200 towards your fees, meaning students eligible for home fees pay only £2,300. International students will need to pay the remaining £20,050.

• Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.

• The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020.

• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas or progress on to further study.

The business and academic support

The objective of this project is to demonstrate, through a single scalable panel, the feasibility of constructing a structure that effectively functions as a component of a pressure vessel that can generate significant power from temperature gradients between the external and internal environment. The research will explore adaptability to ensure that panels will self-configure within the network and deliver relative to the wider network performance and condition. Adaptability within manufacture will also be explored to ensure a seamless transition between applications with differing structural specifications. Of importance will be to deliver a scalable demonstrator that features all necessary electronics, sensors and both structural and power interfaces that could be transferred into production.

Delkia is a specialist Systems Integrator operating throughout the UK and internationally for highly regulated sectors including nuclear and defence. Their offer includes digital engineering, engineering design, systems consultancy, systems integration, build-to-print, control panel build, and complex control systems support.

This Masters by Research project will be supervised by Professor Andrew Richardson and Dr David Chenler from the Lancaster University Engineering Department.


You have: a 2:1 degree or above in Engineering, Physics or a Materials Science related field.

You have: excellent English language skills.

The Challenge

Development of a new integrated technology panel for use on or with maritime and aviation platforms that harnesses electrical energy through differential temperature.

The imperative to either save energy or generate it from sources that have minimal environmental impact now dominates the research and innovation field across numerous commercial sectors. Alternative options such as hydrogen, solar power and wind power are currently attracting great interest however, there are many other sources of energy that have the potential to be scavenged and converted into electrical energy to complement battery-based systems.

This 1 year Masters by Research project offers a unique opportunity to develop a new type of innovative energy harnessing and recovery system for implementation into multiple sectors including marine and Aerospace exploring the application of the Peltier effect to exploit temperature gradients between the internal and external environment. The project aims to advance the field of Smart Peltier panels for these sectors.

What you will gain

  • • Work alongside a business partner gaining enviable industry experience
  • • Gain input from a team of academic supervisors
    • Gain a tax-free stipend each year
    • Have reduced tuition fees
    • Access a research budget for travel and consumables
    • Further your career with a postgraduate application
    • Develop links with both the business and academic community
    • Help to solve a real-world problem which allows a shift to a low carbon economy

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.

Learn more about Lancaster University

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation was established in 2012 based on the University’s pioneering decision to place its world-class environmental research at the heart of driving innovation for Clean and Sustainable Growth. Our previous projects have supported more than 700 SMEs since 2012 and two of its graduates won the prestigious James Dyson Award in 2018.

Through our flagship project Eco-I North West we are recruiting researchers onto a number of funded Master's by research (MRes) projects. These will be recruiting from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Graduates join a substantial cohort of like-minded and ambitious researchers, providing an important peer network and support group. You’ll be mentored by our Innovation Fellows and benefit from both academic and business supervision and support.


“Being a part of this research group gives you a unique perspective into how businesses and centres for academic research can work together to generate real world impact. You feel part of something bigger, because you are!”

Phoebe Sutton, Graduate Researcher, May Barn Consultancy Ltd

“Being a researcher within the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation has given me an amazing opportunity to be involved in the development of technology that will hopefully have a real, tangible and positive impact on reducing energy consumption.”

Cathy New, Graduate Researcher, Hardy and Ellis Inventions Ltd

“It has opened so many doors for me as a researcher. My company has taken me to Germany, France and London, so I’ve had the chance to travel. It’s really opened my eyes to the possibility that the skills I have learnt could allow me to work abroad.”

Rebecca Burns, Graduate Researcher, Isoprime

“The idea of curiosity-driven science never appealed to me, as the possibility that all of my hard work may never benefit anyone was too daunting. However, my project had very specific research objectives and I was safe in the knowledge that my research was likely to benefit my business partner.”

Jonathan Longden, Graduate Researcher, Nucleotide Nutrition Ltd

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