Masters by Research: CGA Simulation

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

Project details

  • 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

Air pollution is responsible for one in every 6 deaths worldwide. You will use a ‘digital twin’ computer simulation to investigate how vehicles, people and air pollution interact in Lancaster City Centre now and in possible futures, with the goal to reduce individuals’ exposure during their daily journeys. CGA Simulation is able to model the future using Agent Based Modelling (ABM) which assumes every ‘thing’ acts with its own agency, rather than with a hive mind. You will combine CGA’s ABM ‘Sim City’ version of Lancaster with high-resolution air pollution data from Lancaster Environment Centre, to create realistic ‘pattern of live’ interactions, explore individual exposure to air pollution in Lancaster, and develop recommendations for strategies to reduce that exposure.

This 1 year Masters by Research project will merge the high-tech expertise of CGA with Lancaster Environment Centre’s (LEC) leading air pollution research and the expertise of Lancaster’s Centre for Mobility Research (CeMoRe) to create a cutting-edge simulation tool for Lancaster. Through our strong partnerships with Lancaster City Council, you will work with Lancaster’s planners to develop future transportation strategies that will reduce exposure and save lives.

The business and academic support

CGA Simulation is a digitally disruptive business specialising in cutting edge technologies used for the good of UK communities.

CGA is able to model the future: of smart cities, autonomous vehicles, carbon footprint, environmental conditions and even viral spread, accounting for the inevitable yet unpredictable “chaos” of bringing together new technologies, conditions and actions. CGA’s simulation tools explicitly acknowledge the unpredictability of the future and use created and found data, highly resolved in time, space and detail, to more randomly explore possible futures than previous tools.


You have: a 2:1 or 1st class degree in data science, computing or a similar relevant discipline, and passion for a challenge!

What you will gain

  • Work alongside a business partner gaining enviable industry experience
  • Gain input from a team of academic supervisors
  • Gain a tax-free stipend each year
  • Have reduced tuition fees
  • Access a research budget for travel and consumables
  • Further your career with a postgraduate application
  • Develop links with both the business and academic community
  • Help to solve a real-world problem which allows a shift to a low carbon economy

Our research is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


Lancaster University

Currently ranked as a top 10 UK university and in the top 125 universities in the world, Lancaster continues to sustain its reputation for teaching and research excellence both nationally and internationally.

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