We are delighted to announce the call for Industry Projects for the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) Masters Research Dissertation Programme for 2021. This extremely successful programme is now entering its tenth year.

If you are looking for a masters student to work on a project of your choice in your company, we would like to invite you to get involved.

What it is:

The annual CDRC Masters Dissertation Scheme presents a unique opportunity for commercial organisations to invite a masters student to work on a project of their choice between May-August 2021, with joint supervision and advice from an academic from the student’s university.

A masters student can help you to make progress with:

  • Major current issues, such as Big Data analytics, understanding footfall, predicting consumer behaviour, multi-channel insight, modelling mobility, geodemographic segmentation, e-engagement, social media
  • Working with data – both your own in-house data, and also maximising the value to be obtained from Open Data or data from government or administrative sources (available through the CDRC and the ONS)
  • Exploration of new techniques in data science

The CDRC will then open the application process to masters students in February 2021, encouraging applicants from a wide breadth of disciplines and institutions.

How to participate:

If you have a project in mind, please register your interest with us by the end of January. Alternatively, if you would like to have a student project in 2021 but are lacking a specific topic at the moment, the CDRC team at UCL, Liverpool and Oxford will be delighted to help you identify and frame a topic, so do get in touch as soon as you can, or you can register your interest/submit a project proposal via the form.


Information on the programme and the application process visit the webpage.

We hope you may be able to support this initiative which, over the years, has not only brought the worlds of business and academia closer together, but has launched a number of student careers through practical experience of real world problem-solving.

If you have any questions please email:

Melanie Chesnokov at projects@cdrc.ac.uk
Masters Dissertation Scheme administrator

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