27 May 2014

A groundbreaking new funded masters programme combines academic studies with the opportunity to work on research projects with businesses in the UK and China.

The Lancaster Environment Centre is inviting applications from ambitious UK, EU and international students and is offering a £16,000 stipend to students accepted on the two year programme.

Specialising in Environmental Science, students will be part of a wider student cohort from Lancaster University’s Departments of Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Design and Computer Science. They will study a range of general and specialist courses supplemented by language, cultural and business seminars.

In the second year, multidisciplinary teams of students from the different departments will work on environment related, business-led research projects. These projects will involve two companies, one in the UK and one in China’s Guangdong province, with support from the Lancaster Environment Centre and the academic partners in China. Students will have the opportunity to travel and live in Guangdong, China’s richest and most populated province.

The course has developed out of a long term partnership between the Lancaster Environment Centre and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which now run the International Research and Innovation Centre for the Environment (I-RICE) together, and a more recent partnership with the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and TechnologyGDST). It is part of the Lancaster China Catalyst programme.

“Our partners in China will identify promising companies to match with UK SMEs,” said Dr Hong Li, International Partnerships Manager at the Lancaster Environment Centre. “The environment is one of the hottest topics in China and Guandong Province is really looking to develop their eco-technology sector rather than relying on mass production. UK SMEs have some novel technologies in different sectors of the environment so they fit very well into this.”

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to work with some of the most innovative companies in the UK and China, while being supported by research leading academic institutions in both countries,” said Dr Ruth Alcock, Head of the Enterprise and Business Partnerships team at the Lancaster Environment Centre.

See here for more information or email lec.pg@lancaster.ac.uk with any questions.