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The successful applicant will hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level, or equivalent, in a relevant subject such as plant and/or soil sciences. Research experience, especially lab-based, is highly desirable. A strong work ethic, willingness to learn new techniques and participation in training are essential.
Months of entry
Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University and Arden Lea Irrigation
- 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.
Below-ground benefits that don’t cost the earth- carbon footprinting a peat replacement
Peat-based growing substrates rely on an extractive industry that releases considerable volumes of greenhouse gases. Life cycle analyses of alternative peat-free substrates are required, including measurements of plant carbon sequestration and its distribution below-ground to the root system and rhizosheath that encloses the roots (which persists after the roots die). This project will assess the carbon costs and benefits of bespoke growing substrates, by determining substrate, rhizosheath and plant carbon capture and losses.
Enterprise and Collaborative Partners
This project is supported by Arden Lea Irrigation Ltd and ICL Group.
Arden Lea was founded in 1974 as a family run independent company. Their core activity is golf course irrigation and their reputation over the years has been built on a commitment to maintaining high standards of installation, together with full technical back-up. They use all their own labour and plant maintained in purpose built workshops, where they also fabricate custom-made pump sets.
The company has carried out work at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, (one of the Open Championship courses), Formby Golf Club and Lytham Green Drive Golf Club, all of which are used for final Open qualifying. In Ireland, they were nominated for installations at Ballybunion and Killarney.
Not only golf courses however - Arden Lea have installed major irrigation systems at some of the country's top racecourses, including Aintree, York, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Hamilton, Sedgefield and Pontefract. They have also installed the irrigation for Manchester United's Training Ground, Carrington, Carlisle United FC Stadium and were the main irrigation contractors for Terminal 2 at Manchester International Airport. Arden Lea is also very experienced in the horticulture and agriculture sectors, with many successful projects completed in large scale commercial greenhouses around the UK and in the soft fruit sector.
This project will be supervised by Professor Ian Dodd, Professor in Sustainable Agriculture, Lancaster University Environment Centre, Dr Emma Sayer – Reader in Ecosystem Ecology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University and Sarah Fairhurst from Arden Lea Irrigation Ltd
Start: October 2021
Deadline: Midnight Thursday 5th August 2021
For details on the application process and to apply click here
Information for international students
For information on home/international fee eligibility please see the university fee status webpage
Fees and funding
This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Distance learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation