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Industry partners are invited to work with our talented students by proposing topics for student project work focused on addressing real world challenges and if they wish, act as mentors to our students as they undertake industry focused project work. Companies can also offer summer internships and work placement years, both potentially linked to student project ideas.

Companies can offer projects to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students or Masters students. Here are some more details:

3rd year projects (individual student projects):
  • These run from October (start of term) to end February (5 months work, part time) with assessed project poster presentations in mid-March and reports by end March
  • Companies should discuss suitability of possible projects with Teaching Fellow, Dr Arnold McKinley in the first instance
  • Each project requires an academic supervisor and academics must submit proposals by March each year
  • Students select their top 3 or 4 preferred supervisors.
  • Projects are allocated by the department according to both student’s choices and student’ grades. This takes place April-May
  • Students meet their allocated supervisor once before the summer break and can undertake summer internship work with a company linked to their project
4th year projects (group projects):
  • Typically comprise 3 students per team
  • These run from October (start of term) to end of April (7 months work, part time)
  • Companies should discuss suitability of possible projects with Teaching Fellow, Dr Arnold McKinley in the first instance.
  • Each project requires an academic supervisor and academics must submit proposals by March each year
  • Student teams visit different academics to discuss project opportunities
  • Both academic, company (where applicable) and student team must mutually agree they wish to work together on the project
  • Some teams may work over the summer on their projects
  • A final thesis report is due by the end of April and project presentations are at the end of May, so student teams have another month to prepare a working demo of their project for example
MSc projects (individual projects):
  • We have a range of communications engineering Masters courses (https://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/masters [Open URL]), including a new MSc in Integrated Machine Learning Systems
  • These run from 1st May with final thesis due by 1st September (4 months work full time, with no other commitments)
  • Companies should discuss suitability of possible projects with Director of MSc Programmes, Professor Miguel Rio in the first instance
  • In some cases, students may carry out their project at an industrial partner
  • Each project requires an academic supervisor and academics must submit proposals by October each year (start of term)
  • Students select up to 4 desired projects by end January
  • Projects are allocated by the department according to both student’s choices and student’ grades
  • Students can spend up to a year in industry on a paid work placement, either in the UK or overseas and complete an extended dissertation focused on addressing a real industry challenge

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