What are student projects?
Every year final-year bachelors and masters students undertake short projects (4 to10 weeks; full or part-time) on a topic related to their degree that forms part of their overall assessment. Projects may take place over the summer vacation or on a full or part-time basis during one semester.
Projects may be the sole idea of the student or academic member of staff, but we welcome proposals from organisations willing to give students the freedom to develop a project under the guidance of a university supervisor.
How do student projects work?
What are the benefits?
- Projects must have direct relevance to the degree. An academic supervisor can comment on the suitability and scope of any proposal.
- Organisations may propose projects at any time during the year but should recognise that students have particular constraints on their time, unique to the individual. Projects usually take place in the summer or part-time during a semester alongside their usual teaching and assessment.
- A student is backed by a mentor from the University and a supervisor nominated from within the organisation.
- Students will complete the project by writing a full report that is submitted and assessed as part of their degree.
- Students get an opportunity to practise new skills in the workplace, test their career plans and establish valuable contacts with organisations.
- Students bring the latest knowledge and technical expertise to the projects on which they work.
- Employers will get a highly motivated individual keen to impress a potential employer.
- Students are a cost-effective resource who can invigorate the environment in which they work.
- Both students and staff learn in equal measure, contributing significantly to the success of any organisation.
If you have a project idea, can provide access to facilities or resources, or would like to host a student while they carry out a project please contact the Director of Learning and Teaching within the relevant school. They can discuss the suitability of the project, and if accepted will advertise the project to students.