Research course (will run subject to approval)

Business sponsored Master's by Research with Spiroflow

Lancaster University · Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st or 2:1 degree in Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering with a strong competence in mechatronic design and numerical simulation, such as FEA or CFD. Other related degrees will be considered if applicants can demonstrate competence in these areas either through their degree or industrial experience.

Lancaster University is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The Engineering Department is also an Athena Swan Bronze Award holder, driving good employment practice and initiatives to address gender inequalities in Engineering higher education and research. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Months of entry


Course content

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


  • 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.
  • Work on exciting research, looking at how digital technology could be applied to the real-world problem of sustainable business development.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas or progress on to further study.

The Challenge

Development of a precision calculation tool for scaling industrial dry ingredient conveying systems

The conveying of dry materials is paramount to any manufacturing process but these conveyors have not changed in design or function for decades. Even though ‘features’ and improvements are made to improve the systems, the basic calculations needed to specify the size needed are often based on archaic calculations, rules of thumb, experience and the limitation of risk.

Conveyors are sized using some preconceived parameters that have never evolved. This project identifies one widely used conveyor technology and aims to create a fit for purpose calculation tool that takes into account several key inputs – e.g. product friction, product density, length, angle, volume per second, conveyor load, material of construction. The objective is to use calculations to prove the concept more accurately and allow longer length conveyors and smaller drive motors. As such this will greatly reduce the energy and carbon footprint used for potentially every blue chip manufacturing company that all use these conveyors

Enterprise and Collaborative Partners

This project will be supervised by Dr David Cheneler – Senior Lecturer, Faculty Of Engineering, Lancaster University and Dr Xiaonan Hou – Lecturer in Engineering, Lancaster University and by James Poydevyn – Joint MD, Spiroflow Ltd.

Spiroflow Ltd ( Spiroflow, based in Clitheroe, Lancashire, has been in operation for 45 years. It is a global leader in the field of powder handling, and dry solids processing and now an emerging leader in control systems integration. Spiroflow has a range of design engineers and process automation specialists and work to introduce efficient, innovative and reliable process solutions for its customers.

Start: October 2021

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 18th July 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