Work-Based Projects

Work-Based Projects

Key facts for Undergraduate Work-Based Projects

Work-based projects are offered by businesses and are undertaken by undergraduate students as part of their degree studies. Local organisations, charities and start-up companies offer the projects, which run for a 10 week period between January and March. The consultancy-style group projects enable students to address a real-life project brief, develop employability skills and gain commercial awareness. The project is an integral part of the student’s degree programme for which they gain academic credit; there is therefore no requirement to pay a salary. Previous projects have included, devising a marketing strategy, developing a corporate social responsibility policy, and conducting research for a musical memories project.

Key facts for Taught Postgraduate Work-Based Project Dissertations

Work-based project dissertations help employers and the University to work together to address critical business issues and challenges while helping to develop the skills and attributes of our postgraduate students. The 3-month project is completed as an alternative to the traditional academic on-campus dissertation. Typically a postgraduate student could develop technical solutions, conduct in-depth market research and review products and processes. A diverse range of academic subject areas are involved in hosting work-based dissertation projects. These include but are not restricted to: Engineering, Computing Science, Bio-business, Global Health and Management, Accountancy and Museum Studies.


  • Fresh insights into your business area from enthusiastic students who can provide new perspectives and solutions to business issues.
  • Address a business need: Propose a project topic which meets a requirement within your organisation.
  • Recruitment benefits: Raise your organisation profile and attract future talent at your organisation.

Next steps

To propose a taught postgraduate dissertation project complete our online form. If you have a query please email