Launch your career in private sector research and development and make a significant contribution to the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development with one of the Centre’s funded industry-focused three year PhDs or one year Masters by Research.

There are no further PhD opportunities available with CGE. However, our partner project Recirculate is currently advertising several exciting PhD by Research opportunities. Click here for more information.

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We are currently recruiting for the following 1 Year Industry-led part funded Masters:

Is my water clean enough to drink? Investigation of the effectiveness on health of rapid water testing techniques? with Hygiena International Ltd, CGE 81.

Post-consumer waste streams - developing a circular economy, with Cumbria Recycling Ltd. CGE 84

Precious metal recovery from fuel cell membranes, with Ames Goldsmith (U.K) Limited. CGE 85

Production of useful raw materials from the pyrolysis of waste plastics, with Kerax Ltd. CGE 86.

Water conservation treatments to maintain plant health within water limiting environments, with Agronomy Research Group. CGE 87

Optimisation of the electrical efficiency of a patented water electrolyser design for the generation, separation, and storage of hydrogen as a fuel, with Clean Power Hydrogen Group Ltd. CGE 88

Using artificial intelligence to identify non-compliance against engineering standards for railways, with Digital Rail Ltd. CGE. 90.

Exploring innovative outlets for paper mill waste by-products, with EnviroSystems UK Ltd, CGE 91

Examination of the use of cheap, renewable non-toxic iron catalysts to manufacture spiroheterocycles, with Liverpool ChiroChem Ltd. CGE 94.

Feasibility assessment of a small scale hydro scheme, with Browsholme Hall. CGE 96.

Development of a control system for bird deterrence, with Remvox Security Solutions Ltd. CGE 97.

Recycling and reuse of powders for vaiour applications in additively manufactured products, with Croft Additive Manufacturing Ltd. CGE 98.


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The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and its partners to deliver research & development for innovative businesses.  Launched in 2012 the Centre has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.


The Centre's pioneering post-graduate programme is designed to give ambitious graduates enviable opportunities to kick-start a well-paid career in the UK and overseas, by linking doctoral-level research with an ambitious and growing enterprises.

We are seeking innovative people prepared to work in challenging roles, to embed themselves in a partnership between academia and business, to undertake intensive R&D on a specific research project for a business and add real value to the business, whilst expanding their own knowledge. This ensures the relevance of our programme towards current research-intensive growth sectors and encourages knowledge exchange, the early adoption of emerging ideas in science and engineering and embeds innovation at the heart of each business we partner with.

Launch your successful career in research and development with an industry-focused postgraduate qualification from Lancaster University.

Apply Now for one of our first cohort of PhDs or Masters and register your interest now to be the first to be invited to apply for new opportunities as we add them.

You could be part of a new cohort of exceptional researchers working in a unique partnership between academia and business. You will be working with a leading high-growth business undertaking intensive R&D on a specific research project to underpin the development of a new product or service, using this work as the basis of your PhD or Masters programme of study.

Join the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation:

  • Receive up to £15,000 tax-free stipend per year
  • Undertake a substantive collaborative project with a business with a base in the Northwest of England
  • Receieve a contribution to your postgraduate tuition fees paid by your partner business - see individual project advert for further details
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Be part of a large, strong postgraduate cohort underpinning the development of radically new products 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

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.

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Our funding means that:
  • All of our researchers recieve up to £15,000 tax-free stipend per year.
  • Every researcher receives a substantial contribution towards their tuition fees, paid for by their partner company. Please check the individual project advert for more information.

“I was particularly interested in an industry focused PhD because it would allow me to contribute to fundamental science research alongside creating an opportunity to see a direct real-world impact of my work.  There is a global drive for greater partnerships between academic and industry and it was exciting to be able to be a part of a unique scheme.  I am certain having this collaborative experience will be of a great advantage whether I continue a career in academia or industry or hopefully both!”

Stephanie Bryan
Researcher with Arcis Biotechnology Limited.

“I’ll look back on this project as one of the most challenging but most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life.  Aside from being able to see the project succeed, I’ve been able to meet some amazing people along the way.”

Jonathan Longden
Researcher with Nucleotide Nutrition Limited