Research course (will run subject to approval)

Masters by Research: Koitech Global

Lancaster University · Centre for Global Eco-Innovation
MS by research

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this interesting and challenging research opportunity, applicants should have a first class or upper second class degree in engineering, physics or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

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


  • 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

Development of a modular powerbank that offers rapid mobile device charging

Mobile Consumer Device Charging via power banks offers the luxury of extended use beyond the boundaries of the internal battery, without the need for mains power.

However, this charging method is often slow and the power bank itself requires recharging from a mains supply. Koitech Global have an ambitious project to develop a modular power bank that offers rapid charging capabilities as well as a range of renewable charging options.

This project will contribute to the development of a kinetic recharging concept into an operational prototype that the business can then take forward to secure the investment needed to launch the product into the marketplace.

Enterprise and Collaborative Partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, and Koitech Global Ltd. Koitech Global, based in Burnley, Lancashire was founded to create practical solutions to an ever-increasing demand for energy consumption in battery-operated consumer and mobile devices. Energy harvesting is the process by which energy is derived from external sources, captured, converted, stored, and subsequently used to power or charge electronic devices. The successful candidate will be supervised by Jenny Roberts – Lecturer from Lancaster University School of Engineering and Professor Allan Rennie – Professor in Manufacturing Engineering & Director of Lancaster Product Development Unit.

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply visit Lancaster University website

Start: October 2021

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 29th August 2021

Information for international students

For information on 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MS by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation