Research course (will run subject to approval)

Masters by Research: SDG Changemakers

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

Entry requirements

We are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic about this research topic, with effective organisational and interpersonal skills. Candidates should have a background in Human-Computer Interaction (e.g., 2:1 and above degree in Computer Science, Design, Sociology, or another relevant discipline) with experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Candidates are required to submit a 1000-1500-word research proposal covering the rationale for the project, relevant literature, research aims, methodology and the project time plan. Further guidance and requirements of research proposals can be found below, along with further application instructions.

Months of entry


Course content

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


  • 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

The development of a blueprint for an innovative digital tool to urgently drive forward sustainable business practices

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the global road-map to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world by 2030. To achieve them we need all actors, in every sector and working from the local to the global, to be able to identify, track and optimise their input. This includes a strong dependence on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), yet there is limited understanding or usage of SDG-aligned tracking to optimise business performance and impact. The focus of this Masters is to identify the blueprint for a digital tool able to address this gap, working with academics across Lancaster University and a new regional start-up, SDG Changemakers (

The project focuses on the consolidation of existing knowledge regarding state-of-the-art SDGs benchmarking tools through user-analysis (UK based MSMEs) and further data collection. The aim of the project is to produce comprehensive design recommendations for the creation of a digital tool that addresses MSMEs needs and blind spots regarding SDGs implementation, and enable MSMEs to map their advancement of the SDGs in a user-friendly and effective way.

Enterprise and Collaborative Partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, and SDG Changemakers. It will be supervised by Dr Lucia Cervi – Teaching Fellow in Management Ethics and Sustainability (Lancaster University Management School); Dr Alison Stowell – Senior Lecturer (Lancaster University Management School); and Dr Kelly Widdicks – Lecturer (Lancaster University School of Computing and Communication). The Directors from SDG Changemakers involved in the project are Felicity Jones and Claire Benson.

SDG Changemakers is a new virtual start-up business whose directors are based in South Cumbria and Lancaster. The Company specialises in sustainable entrepreneurism and consultancy. They help MSMEs understand social value and environmental sustainability and how it connects to the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG Changemakers show organisations why the Sustainable Global Goals are good for business, as well as how to align the appropriate goals with business objectives and integrate them into business operations, including supply chain and markets. SDG Changemakers then empower business to measure the impact and communicate with purpose and authenticity.

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

Start: October 2021

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday 1st September 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

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

Course contact details

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation