Work-based projects are offered by an organisations and are undertaken by students as part of their degree studies. The projects are an integral part of the student’s degree programme for which they gain academic credit; there is therefore no requirement to pay a salary.

Work-based projects provide many benefits to your organisation:

  • Develop greater links between industry and the University, share knowledge and expertise beyond the project.
  • Fresh insights into your business area from enthusiastic students who can provide new perspectives.
  • Address a business need: Propose a project topic which meets a requirement within your organisation.
  • Recruitment benefits: Raise your company profile amongst students regarding graduate opportunities.
  • Enhanced Employability: Provide a project which allows students to develop valuable employability skills.

At undergraduate level we welcome all project ideas where:

  • The project links directly to the work of your organisation. 
  • Students can work on the project in a group (normally, 3-4 students).
  • The project fits within a 10 week period, beginning mid-January.
  • Each member of the student group spends approximately 4-5 hours per week working on the project.

Work-based projects are an integral part of programmes at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate level, as illustrated below.


‘Working Together: Employability for Arts and Social Sciences’ is a third year course. Students undertake a consultancy style group project alongside a series of underpinning employability masterclasses. The course intends to expose students to real work environments and the expectations upon them in such an environment, alongside providing them opportunity to practise key career and project management skills, most notably team work, project management, negotiation and presenting.

For further information contact Dr Joy Perkins.

Taught Postgraduates

We welcome work-based projects as an alternative to the traditional academic Master’s dissertation. Typically a Master’s student could:

  • Undertake a critical analysis
  • Conduct in-depth market research
  • Review products or processes
  • Aid in research and development
  • Develop technical solutions

A diverse range of academic disciplines are involved in hosting work-based projects. These include but are not restricted to: Engineering, Computing Science, Bio-business, Global Health and Management, Accountancy and Museum Studies.