PhD Projects

Launch your career in research and development with an industry-focused three-year funded PhD

  • Do you want to develop your skills and experience to undertake a rewarding and well-paid career which uses your background in biological sciences, chemistry, communications, computing, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, mathematics, physics or related disciplines?
  • Have you considered doing a PhD but thought that was just for people wanting to be academics?
  • Are you interested in how new products, processes and services are developed?
  • Do you want to be part of a large, strong graduate cohort underpinning the development of radically new products and services?
  • Do you want to work alongside the people in businesses doing your dream job whilst gaining a PhD?
  • Do you have what it takes to be a postgraduate at a world-class university?

If the answer is yes, apply now for one of a suite of industry-led funded PhD projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

3 Year Industry-led funded PhDs:

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How to apply

To apply for one of the industry-funded PhD opportunities please email with:

Join the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.

Successful applicants could:

  • Receive £15,000 tax-free per year
  • Undertake a substantive collaborative project with a business with a base in the Northwest of England
  • Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,195/year, (UK/EU graduates only, fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year. See university website for published rates by year of entry)
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Develop new products, processes and services
  • Be in an enviable position to develop a long-term well-paid career
  • Gain a postgraduate qualification from a world-leading university
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation was established in 2012 to support Northwest businesses with R&D for a better environment.   Double award winning for its work with businesses, the Centre has expanded and from 2016 offers new project opportunities for business working in partnership with:

  • Lancaster University
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – A UK national organisation which delivers world-class research focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Chester
  • University of Cumbria
  • University of Liverpool

The Centre is part funded through the European Regional Development fund.

Why Lancaster University?

Lancaster University is ranked among the top ten universities in the UK. We have invested over £450m into our campus in the last ten years, including our new Engineering building, the refurbishment of the Library, Physics and Chemistry facilities and a £20m sports centre and facilities, with a further £135m investment planned. We’re great for nurturing talent and links with industry; we’ve over 5000 successful partnerships with businesses. We’re global, with a huge number of research links around the world which provide exciting opportunities for our students, and we’re collegiate, providing you with a supportive student environment.

Lancaster University’s Centre for Global Eco-Innovation manages the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


"The facilities are second to none and the research quality is high. I have produced a PhD in an area of study I am very passionate in... my research has such a technical edge I never imagined it could have. My expenses covered my travel to Iceland - it really has been absolutely incredible to work out there. I don’t feel I can put a price on the experience I’ve had!"

Rebecca Burns, Researcher with Isoprime

"I was interested in an industry-focused PhD because it would allow me to contribute to fundamental science research, alongside seeing a direct real-world impact of my work. It was exciting to be able to be a part of a unique scheme and I am certain having this collaborative experience will be of a great advantage to my career!"

Stephanie Bryan, Researcher with Arcis Biotechnology Limited