Choose a project that interests you
Please take a look at the list of topics that have been pre-approved for the scheme on the Available Projects page. Ensure that the project you wish to apply for is appropriate to your interests and your ability before deciding to pursue an application.
Submit an expression of interest
Once you have selected a project, please send us:
Before submitting your application please send your CV by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: “CDRC Masters – < your name >”.
We will acknowledge your application within one week, and, if suitable, will forward it to the industry partner.
Interview with the project partner
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to discuss the project with their proposed industry partner. At interview you will be expected to demonstrate that you have:
Work with your industry partner
Once you are accepted on to the scheme, you will agree a schedule of meetings with your industry partner to discuss the project and the data requirements that underpin it.
During the preparation of your dissertation, advice will also be available if required from the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), as well as your normal university supervisor.
Present your results to an industry and academic audience
You will be required to email a PDF version of your dissertation to your industry partner and to the CDRC. A panel of academic and business experts will read the dissertations and judge the prizes.
You will be invited to attend an academic conference in London, and to provide a poster display of your project. The prizes will be awarded during the conference and the day is a great opportunity to share your findings with others working in the Industry. Reasonable travel costs will be paid, as will conference registration.
You will also be invited to produce a short report to summarise your key findings, it will be published on the CDRC website.
In addition, students may also be invited to feed into related ESRC and CDRC activities.
Most (but not necessarily all) of the businesses will pay students out-of-pocket travel expenses plus a bursary of £500 upon successful completion of the project. Students will also have the chance of winning one of three prizes (£500, £250, and £250) which will be awarded to the three best dissertations, as decided by a panel of expert judges.
Any award will be in recognition of: