Host a Cranfield MSc in Management student

At Cranfield School of Management, our MSc in Management has been ranked 3rd in the UK and 30th in the world by The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management 2019 ranking. This is mainly due to our internship thesis projects that run from June to August each year, meaning each year we are on the lookout for companies from a variety of industries with management related projects.

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Benefits to your company

Thesis projects provide high-quality research into areas that organisations may not have the time, resources or expertise to address independently.

  • Customised and objective research that is aligned with your business goals
  • Bright, motivated and dedicated students
  • Leading academics in management as project supervisors
  • Access to the latest research insights and practical approaches

Timeline and key dates

Each year, we seek projects from organisations for our students to be conducted during a three month period.

  • The first batch of projects will be released in February for students to apply to; this will then happen periodically until May
  • All projects must run from June – August

Student profiles

Our Management student cohort at Cranfield comprises of 86 students from a range of undergraduate courses from all over the world.

  • All have an undergraduate degree from a reputable university or an equivalent professional qualification
  • Most will speak more than one language
  • They are highly motivated individuals who want to apply their knowledge in practical environments
  • Our programmes meet the conditions for full membership for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a high proportion of our graduates will pursue memberships
  • Students are able to choose elective subjects such as; Disruptive Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Mastering Project Management and many more.

Project topics

Previous projects have covered a wide range of topics and students have worked successfully with organisations from various sectors, sizes, cultures and locations. The following are examples of topics that previous projects addressed and many other foci are possible.


Finance

  • Increasing the capacity of managers to use accounting information to inform their decision
  • Assessing how portfolio risk management influences project portfolio success
  • Analysis of the statement of cash flows to assess the performance of a business
Human Resources

  • Synchronising human resources planning to the firm’s business strategy.
  • Increasing employee engagement in times of stress due to economic recession.
  • Motivating employees to identify sustainability opportunities within an enterprise.
  • Countering internal resistance to change in response to the introduction of new management practices.
Managerial Economics

  • Analysing the relationship between stock price and market efficiencies
  • The impact of sports sponsorship on a brand's equity
  • Assessing political risk in international projects
Marketing Management

  • Implementing key account management within a small-medium sized enterprise.
  • Creating customer experiences that will translate into brand advocacy.
  • Integrating social media into the marketing communications mix.
  • Analysis of the current issues, future trends and opportunities associated with dynamic pricing.
Operations and Supply Chain Management

  • Assessing the Impact of IT on production scheduling techniques.
  • Gaining competitive advantage through business processes design.
  • Optimising reverse engineering systems.
  • Deciding when to increase capacity and when to outsource

Cost of sponsoring a project

Thesis projects offer a low cost and flexible opportunity to conduct research in your organisation. We ask, where possible, that companies sponsor students whilst they are conducting the projects as they will usually relocate. We advise the below payments, in line with the current cost of living:

  • £4,500 (+VAT) for companies within London and other high cost areas of living
  • £3,900 (+VAT) for companies outside of the above areas
  • All the above money will go to the student as a bursary, paid in four instalments
  • If you are unable to afford these costs please get in touch as there is some flexibility.

More information

For further information and for an informal discussion feel free to contact:

Hannah Piazza
Internships and Projects Manager
T: +44 (0)1234 758190
M: +44 (0)7785 401391
E: h.piazza@cranfield.ac.uk

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