At the end of the taught modules on all three Masters programmes in Management Science you will complete a four-month project, which will be organisation-based (with organisations from both public and private sectors), organisation-driven or research-based. Eligibility for organisation-based projects will be competitive and based on merit and marks achieved, particularly in the first phase of teaching before Christmas.
These projects are an essential part of the learning on each of the MSc programmes and give you a chance to use the analytical methods and professional skills developed on the taught modules. Completion of a project will be an asset on your CV and some students go on to work for the organisation that sponsors their project.
You will have an academic supervisor and, usually, a supervisor from within the organisation. Most projects involve some problem structuring, data analysis, model building and the communication of results to the client via presentations and reports. You may be based on campus, making visits to the client, or at the client's site. Clients pay your out-of-pocket expenses.
You will work individually or with one or two other students on the project and will have regular contact with your academic supervisor. You will also be able to seek advice from any other member of the Department of Management Science's academic staff. At the end of the project, you write a dissertation, which we assess alongside your practical performance during the project.
Student project examples
- Forecasting Incapacity Benefit
- Developing an improved project budgeting system
- Rethinking Performance at Peter Hunt’s Bakery Foods
- A Review of Problem Structuring Methods for aiding cost-effectiveness modelling
- Cost-effectiveness of treatments for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
- Developing Tools for the Planning Department at A G Barr
- An Initial Investigation to Assess the Cost-Effectiveness of the Colonix Device for the Detection of Colorectal Cancer
- Improving the Utilization and Cost of Relief Workers at VSG
- A Study of Ward Based Inventory Issues at Wythenshawe Hospital
Some additional examples of the 20-50 projects carried out each year are:
- Water Resources Model Development at National Rivers Authority
- An Investigation into Price Elasticity Structures within the Fabric Conditioner Market for P&G
- Algorithms in Credit Scoring Systems for Abbey National plc
- The Burton's/Safeway Supply Chain - Improvements and Opportunities
- Modelling of Product and Carrier Migrations in the Telephony Market for BT
- Hospital Speciality Location within Morecambe Bay - Building a Flow Model
Sponsoring projects - further information
If you are interested in being a project sponsor, please contact Professor Mike Wright to discuss your needs. As projects start in May, participation normally needs to be confirmed in March or April.