MBA Individual Project & Work Placement


MBA students have the option of working on an Individual Project (IP) over the summer and many choose to link this to an individual consultancy or research project for an outside organisation. Others may choose to complete a company-based Work Placement (WP) or internship.

What types of project are possible?

The IP is an opportunity for students to study in-depth something of particular interest to them and they will negotiate the brief with the company. Recent projects have included product extension strategy for a financial services company, analysis of the US railway sector, branding strategy development for a national retailer and derivatives modelling. It is not unusual for students to receive some payment towards their costs for such work.

Important dates

Proposals deadline: May 2024 (exact date TBC)

Project takes place: Jul-Sep 2024

Both Individual Projects and Work Placements take place between July and September. MBA students are expected to work between 6 and 8 weeks full-time during this period.

What do I do next?

Companies wishing to participate should:

Complete the online project proposal form by May 2024 (exact date to be confirmed)

The 2023/24 briefing notes and project terms will be available in July. In the meantime, you may wish to read the IP/WP briefing notes and project terms for 2022/23 (pdf, 144KB).

The MBA Projects Office is accepting proposals for Individual Projects (IPs) and Work Placements (WPs) from March 2024.

We encourage students to apply for IP/WPs as they appear.

Please contact the MBA Projects Office if you have any difficulty using on the online proposal submission form, and would like it sent to you in another format.