Developing a framework for businesses to become Carbon Net Zero

One year enterprise-led funded Masters by Research, Ref. No. LCEI-128


  • 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.

Start: October 2021

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 29th August 2021

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


The Challenge

Currently, it is very difficult to find theoretical and practical guidance from the Government as to how a business can become net zero. This 1 Year Masters by Research programme will seek to investigate and develop a framework of guidance that will show businesses how to become net zero. This will be done by using EFG UK as a model and creating new business processes and operations for both their own organisation, their supply chain.

The knowledge and understanding from using EFG as a model will then be used to create a new framework of guidance to help other like-minded organisations also become net zero. As part of this EFG UK will create a new service proposition delivering genuine re-use, refurbishment and recycling of existing office and educational equipment, to extend the product lifecycle, as well as sustainably deal with any waste generated.

The successful applicant will develop a carbon measurement tool for the company's own operations, delivering suggestions for change and investigating potential supply chain improvements. This information will feed into a best practice framework which will support other organisations to become carbon net zero as well as supporting the 're-use and refurbishment' service launch.

Application Criteria

This Masters by Research project is looking to recruit applicants that have at least a 2:1 degree in Management Science or other related degree discipline such as Economics, Engineering or Environmental Science with a growing interest and proven knowledge of sustainability as well as strong intellectual curiosity and the ability to collect and analyse multiple sources of evidence.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

European Furniture Group UK Ltd provide interior design and planning, as well as the procurement, manufacturing, delivery and installation of furniture, acoustics and lighting to the Commercial, Education, Public and Health sectors.

The Graduate Researcher will be supervised by Professor Stefanos Mouzas and Dr Lingxuan Liu in the Lancaster University Management School.


How do I apply?

Please complete and send all of the following documents to by the advert closing date:

Please send all of the above to: by the advert closing date.

Non UK/home candidates

For information on home/international fee eligibility please see the university fee status webpage. From 1st January 2021, EU students are required to have a visa to enter into the UK as well as other international categories. Please check these details to see if you would need to apply for a visa and indicate this on your criteria document.

After the closing date the interview panel (consisting of the academic supervisors and business sponsor) will shortlist preferred candidates. These candidates will be invited to interview and where appropriate a candidate will be selected to deliver the project. A separate formal university application process is then completed following recommendation from the interview panel.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 29th August 2021