Research course (will run subject to approval)

Business sponsored Master's by Research with Equestrian Surfaces

Lancaster University · Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Entry requirements

The candidate should hold a degree (2.1 or 1st class) in Chemical engineering/Chemistry. The candidate is expected to be able to tackle issues ranging from analytical chemistry, process and scale up chemistry. Knowledge or interest for analytical techniques such as NMR and IR spectroscopy, liquid and gas chromatography (HPLC, GC, GPC) as well as elemental analysis is essential. Experience with process chemistry (large scale and scale up) is desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University and Equestrian Surfaces


  • 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.

The Challenge

The Circular Economy of Equine Surfaces: Recycling End Of Life Products
Equestrian Surfaces Ltd have been established for over 30 years, founded by director Paul Harper and have undertaken work for a wide variety of clients, including business, private individuals and even the Royal Family. All their surfaces and ingredients are manufactured in Great Britain, and they are the only company that manufactures their own synthetic stabilising fibre, a product which is used in all their riding surfaces and is sold to the Equestrian market. This product has been rigorously tested by the Environment Agency and is the only product to meet their ‘End of Waste Test’. The purpose of this research project is to make a recycling solution for equine riding surfaces and to conduct research that will help generate low carbon surfaces.
Enterprise and Collaborative Partners

This project will be supervised by Dr Julien Doulcet - Lecturer, Faculty Of Chemistry, Lancaster University, Dr Mark Ashton (Post-Doctorate Research Fellow, Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, Lancaster University, and with consultancy from Professor Joe Sweeney, Dean Of S.E.E, Salford University. Equestrian Surfaces Ltd ( is a family business based in Burnley, East Lancashire. They have 35 years of trade experience, having  supplied and installed their products in 37 countries across four continents, for clients in every equestrian discipline. Their surfaces are manufactured with the use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology to comply with all relevant safety regulations to the highest standards. 
Start: October 2021

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 29th 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

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.

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

  • MA(Res)
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation