MSc Project Placements – Summer 2018

Opportunities for Industry: Summer 2018

  • Does your company have a technical challenge addressable by short project?
  • Are you looking to attract new talent or raise your profile with graduates?
  • Are you interested in establishing or extending relationships with university researchers?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then your company could benefit from a three-month MSc Sensor and Imaging Systems student placement. Suitable for companies of any size, the placement could see a student conducting a company-defined R&D project during summer 2018 located with your company or a university research group.

Complete the proposal form and submit your idea by 3 November 2017.

MSc in Sensor and Imaging Systems Project

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The MSc in Sensor and Imaging Systems is completed full-time over 12 months. Beginning in September, students undertake a programme of taught study and exams followed by an individual research project.UoE Logo

The project is a vital part of the MSc, lasting 12-13 weeks from June-August, and worth one third of the overall credits required for the award of the degree.

Projects are designed to integrate and apply the technical skills the students have been taught in previous months, plus skills such as project and document management, oral and written communications, and business analysis.

We’re looking for projects from companies to work in partnership with academic supervisors at both universities to support MSc students.

Submit a Project for Summer 2018

CENSIS welcomes project proposals for the 2017-18 cohort to undertake from the end of May 2018. The project timelines and general information about the process and expectations are outlined below. If you are interested, please download the form and submit your idea.

  • 16 Oct 2017: Submit your proposals.
  • end Dec 2017: Students indicate their interest in projects.
  • Jan/Feb 2018: Companies review CVs and interview students, projects are allocated.
  • May/June 2018: Project begins
  • July 2018: Mid point review with supervisors.
  • end Aug 2018: Project work ends.
  • Sep 2018: Student submits final dissertation.
  • Sep 2018: Student’s final mark is awarded.

How much does it cost?

There is no payment to the universities. Payment to the student is optional, but it might help with student recruitment. Payment of reasonable out-of-pocket personal expenses to the student is expected. Companies meet costs for consumables and any costs associated with supervision by company staff, desk space and the use of company resources. For placement within a university research group it’s normal for the company to meet the additional costs of company-specific projects, such as for consumables or facilities access.

What are the industry benefits?

Hosting an MSc project provides companies with an opportunity to secure a good quality candidate to work on a technical business project, allowing a company to raise its profile or use it as a recruitment tool to gain access to talented postgraduate students.

An MSc project is an ideal mechanism for companies of any size to start interacting with universities, offering companies a chance to tell universities which research challenges need to be addressed to remain competitive.

What kind of project are you looking for?

The project should be a piece of work that a student can achieve within 12-13 weeks, working full-time.

Ideally, projects should be ‘real life’ challenges or ideas that will help the company move towards the creation of new or improved product or service; designed to challenge a student, taking an idea from concept to completion. Projects can be conducted within a company or a university research group. For company placements, students should be supervised by an appropriate professional engineer with academic support from a university. Ideally projects should include multiple objectives with varying degrees of challenge.

Projects can cover a wide range of subjects covering the entire CENSIS ‘stack’. You can also get ideas for projects by looking at the MSc curriculum and what the students will cover in the taught part of the programme.

The Sensor Systems Stack

How does the selection process work?

The universities aim to match the best-qualified students with projects based on the information provided by companies. CVs for these selected students will be provided to companies who may then wish to conduct interviews via Skype or in person.

The industry partner has the final say in the selection of the student.

Where will the student be based?

This is flexible. The student can spend some or all of the project time on site with the company, or be based at the university, perhaps with occasional industry visits.

How much supervision effort is expected?

Skills-163437611Each student has two supervisors: an academic supervisor and an industry supervisor in the sponsoring company.

Students based at the company are supervised on a day-to-day basis by the industry supervisor, with the academic supervisor ensuring the academic quality of the project. Students are expected to be motivated and show initiative in completion of their project, but will need some support from the company in meeting the set objectives.

If the student conducts the project at a university, they will have an academic supervisor and a named industry contact who would interact with the student as required as the project progresses.

What is the student deliverable and how is it assessed?

Student submits a dissertation worth 40% of the overall mark. The remainder is based on the student’s performance throughout the project (50%) and the mid-project presentation and review (10%).

How do I submit my idea?

Simply complete the project proposal form and send to CENSIS. You’ll need to provide the following information that will be circulated in redacted form to students:

  • Working title
  • Short description of the  project (150-200 words) highlighting key objectives
  • Any background knowledge and/skills required, e.g., software packages or design tools the student should be familiar with.
  • Nominate an academic supervisor from Glasgow or Edinburgh universities (the programme co-ordinator can help to identify the right person).
  • Let us know if the student will be based with the company.
  • Any information on restrictions on whether a student’s nationality would impact the project, e.g., a defence company may only be able to accept a UK National.

ABOUT_VISION-AND-MISSIONCan I submit more than one project?

Yes, you’re welcome to submit more than one project proposal.

What happens after the proposal is submitted?

Your proposal will be reviewed by Nicolas Labrosse, Programme Director, University of Glasgow, and he will contact you if he has any questions.