Masters by Research: Koitech Global

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

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

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.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.

The business and academic support

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.


You have: a 2:1 degree or above in Engineering, Physics or another related discipline.

You have: excellent English language skills.

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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