Research course (will run subject to approval)

Business sponsored Master's by Research with Oaktec

Lancaster University · Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a 1st or upper second class degree in related disciplines e.g. management, economics, engineering, or environmental sciences.

You should also be able to produce evidence of good performance in undergraduate studies, e.g. 2:1 or distinction; an interest in sustainability e.g. sustainable engineering – and an intellectual curiosity and ability to collect and analyse multiple sources of evidence.

Months of entry


Course content

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


  • 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

Diesel engines are source for emissions in terms of both CO2 and particulates and NOx that damage air quality and harm human health, yet diesel is still the primary global power source for industrial machines. OakTec has developed highly innovative small gas and biogas engines to directly displace diesel equivalents in industrial and agricultural applications. These engines have significant emissions benefits over their diesel counterparts. In order to commercialise these clean innovative engines, we are developing a global business strategy that enables transition from the commercial demonstration to a large scale market operation. To achieve this, OakTec needs to refine its commercialisation with a clear view of broad market opportunities and priority markets that enable rapid business growth. We then need to develop a realistic business plan that will serve as a roadmap this business development and present a convincing case to support commercial fund raising.

Enterprise and Collaborative Partners

This project will be supervised by Professor Stefanos Mouzas – Professor of Marketing, Lancaster University, and Professor Alistair Martin – Faculty of Engineering, Lancaster University.

Oaktec ( is an engineering research specialist business based in Cockerham, near Lancaster, Lancashire. They have a history of innovation in low carbon technologies including novel combustion engines and hybrid vehicle energy recovery systems.

The business was founded by Paul Andrews and Bill Meeson in 2002 and is an independent company with a track record in developing ground-breaking technologies in the area of low carbon road transport and power generation. Oaktec is now focused on the development and commercial realisation of clean efficient gas engine technologies.

Oaktec have a team of engineers working on new technology development. The team have plenty of experience drawn from the automotive, international motorsport, aerospace and electrical systems industries. They have strong links with industrial, manufacturing and academic partners.

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