We hope our FAQs section below covers any questions you may have about our postgraduate programme, but if you have any other questions, why not email us at graduate-applications@cgeinnovation.org?

What are the benefits of doing a research degree in 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
  • Receive 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


Am I eligible to apply for a research degree in the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation?
The programme is open to graduates of any age, whether from the UK, EU or worldwide. You will be judged on your academic qualifications and possibly your work experience and expect competition to be high, only the best will be selected. We are looking for exceptional people with significant ambition, high quality academic track-records and a passion to turn the highest quality research into real world commercial solutions and environmental benefits to address global challenges.The centre is delighted to welcome international graduates to apply for the graduate researcher positions. The international perspective and understanding of the global challenges benefits all our researchers.  International applicants are however specifically reminded of the need to comply with the university requirements for English language qualifications which apply to all PhD and Masters by research applicants. Attention is drawn to the university fees structure for international students. The agreed funded contribution towards fees from the business partner is set at the EU fees rate p.a. International applicants will need to consider how they will fund the remainder of the International fees per year.  If you have any questions then contact us.


In what subjects are post-graduate projects available?
The Centre’s post-graduate projects cover a very wide range of research areas, supervised by University academics in many of our world-leading departments. These include the Lancaster Environment Centre, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Computing and Communications, and Biomedical and Life Sciences, and we are looking to broaden this to include projects in departments like Psychology, Design and the Lancaster University Management School.  As well as expert supervision, your project will benefit from first class facilities and equipment in all these departments.  And you will based at our Lancaster campus where we have invested over £450m in the last ten years, with a further £135m investment planned.


How much time will I spend working in the University, and how much with the company?
Graduates may spend up to 50% of their time based with a partner company.  The rest of the time graduates work within the University making use of our exceptional facilities relevant to your research.


Does the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation offer opportunities for Undergraduate and Masters students?
Although focused on PhDs and Masters by Research the Centre also supports shorter-term projects with business for students doing Undergraduates and Masters degrees in a wide range of subjects and departments. These may be taken as part of your degree or as independent internships.  For example, we have supported students doing degrees in the Lancaster Environment Centre, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Computing and Communications.If you are interested in the Centre’s work at the interface between academic studies and business but looking for something other than a research degree you might want to consider Lancaster’s unique Masters in International Innovation, run in conjunction with the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme. The Masters in International Innovation offers ambitious students the opportunity to combine rigorous academic studies across a range of disciplines with high-impact collaborative projects with companies and cultural training, including a period “hands-on” in China. If you would like more information on the Masters in International Innovation then contact us.


Why not take a look at our current list of projects?



What kind of Graduates are we looking for?

This prestigious funded R&D programme starts in October 2016 with cohorts starting in October 2016, January 2017, April 2017, June 2017, October 2017 starts and is available to 50 graduates with first degree or equivalent qualifications in:

  • Chemistry and chemical engineering
  • Computing and Communications
  • Environmental sciences
  • Natural, Biological and Earth Sciences
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Geography
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Applied mathematics
  • Life Sciences and biotechnology
  • Physics and quantum technologies

What we are seeking are graduates with the right understanding and skills to address the challenge raised by each individual project which will vary from project to project.