What are the benefits for your organisation?
During terms three and four (April – September), students apply the learning and knowledge gained in the classroom by carrying out a thesis project. The projects contribute to the student’s MSc and are all supervised and marked by a member of Cranfield’s Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. At Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management we have a long history of organising company based thesis projects for our students which benefit both the student and the sponsoring organisation.
Providing a project for an MSc student brings a number of benefits to the organisation, including:
- access to a bright, enthusiastic and dynamic student who has completed the taught part of their Masters course
- the opportunity to use external expertise to investigate a problem leading to key insights and enhanced business performance at a much reduced costs when compared to a consultancy study
- support, expertise and knowledge from the Cranfield supervisor and academic staff at Cranfield's leading research centre
- access to talent and a chance to evaluate your student in terms of future employment opportunities.
Information gathered during the project will be treated in the strictest confidence. Clearly raw data is needed for analysis and to subsequently check the quality of the student's thesis from an examination perspective. However this raw data is usually summarised in tabular or diagrammatic format within the thesis document and cannot be traced to a specific organisation. References to the organisation are removed from the thesis title and abstract, and if necessary from the whole thesis. In the overwhelming number of projects these precautions have proved to be more than adequate. We recognise that some projects may address a sensitive or strategic issue. While normally the University regulations require the thesis to be published in the library after the examination process has been completed, it may be possible to delay publication for up to three years. If this is an issue it can be discussed in detail with the student and their supervisor.
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