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CORMSIS Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems

MSc Programmes

Summer projects

CORMSIS Master’s degrees give you an invaluable opportunity to show off your talents at a leading company or organisation in the UK or overseas.

A key feature of the degree is the three month summer placement. You will solve a real-world application or tackle an issue and write up your work as a dissertation.

CORMSIS has links up with many top companies and organisations to offer a wide range of challenging and rewarding projects. You might be devising future models of health and social care, analysing credit risks, developing new information and communication systems or coming up with new transport pricing schemes.

Our academics and Industrial Liaison Officers will support you in finding the right placement, making contacts and agreeing a programme of work. You will gather data, work on the issues and write up your findings over the summer. 


With the support of leading academic researchers, they apply modelling, analytical and mathematical techniques to analyse a wide range of business opportunities and challenges. Our students are very talented and over the years they have won national prizes for their work and added value to organisations with their work.


For students, it is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate they can apply the techniques they have learnt in the lecture room to a real-life business problem and gain valuable work experience. Find out more about why students find this part of the course so important for their future employability.


For all types of business organisations, it is your opportunity to sponsor a student to address a challenging business issue or opportunity of your choice. Read more about the opportunities that a summer project could create in your organisation, or contact one of our Industrial Liaison Officer Fabricio Ourique.

There are no guarantees – but many of our former students impressed their companies and organisations so much during their projects – they are now members of staff!


Facts about the scheme


  • This scheme has been running over 30 years
  • Each year, over 60 students work on projects for external organisations
  • Projects come from a diverse range of organisations
  • The scheme is popular, with over two thirds of our sponsors offering projects year after year.

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