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Making the Most of Masters toolkit

These are guides for those involved in implementing Collaborative Projects with Business (CPBs) in a taught postgraduate programme, although many of the principles are applicable to any academic programme. These guides are just to show examples and should be tailored to each programme.

  • Introducing Making the Most of Masters: a general flyer for businesses.

  • MMM Poster for Business Organisations: a useful poster to increase awareness and advertise MMM at business events.

  • Making the Most of Masters Case Study: presented at the UIIN Conference (April 2016), Amsterdam.

  • Case Study template  - to be used for any Making the Most of Masters case studies.

  • Project Proposal Form: this form helps you to gather information about the organisation, their suggestions for Masters projects and what they want to achieve. It provides a space for drafting a proposal and is the first step of the conversation in developing a project. The form will be used to match students with organisations. It can also be used by students and staff for scoping projects with a business.
  • Project Agreement Form: this form is used to set expectations, agree roles, responsibilities and project outcomes in advance of the start of the project, ensuring best practice. It's an essential component of MMM and is not legally binding. It poses questions to prompt stakeholders about specific aspects of project management, and has been developed as a template for you to use.
    Please read this form along with this annexe document Quality Commitment for Taught Postgraduate Collaborative Projects with Business
  • Confidentiality Agreement Form: this form is an agreement between the student, the University and the business. If a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or Intellectual Property Form is required, please contact the University Research and Enterprise Office.

Tier 4 International Student visas

International students who may holds a Tier 4 visa. When a Tier 4 student undertakes a Collaborative Project with Business (CPB), the University must also ensure that it complies with the conditions of its Tier 4 sponsor licence.

The project must be an integral and assessed part of the course, as is the case with a CPB taken as an alternative to a University-based dissertation. If the CPB is not necessary for the student to gain their award, then the University cannot continue sponsorship of the student’s visa while they are on their CPB.

The University must continue its Tier 4 monitoring and reporting duties. The organisation must agree to monitor the attendance of the student and report any missed contacts to the University.


This toolkit has been developed based on the advice and guidance available at the time of publishing. All documents will contain a date indicating when last updated and published. Users of the toolkit should ensure that they are familiar with guidance and regulations in their own institution at that time and any Faculty requirements. All resources should be tailored to meet the requirements of individual programmes..

Where material is adapted due credit should be given to the original authors. Making the Most of Masters, by either maintaining the name, logos and watermarks or alternatively, by using the following text:

'This material has been adapted from resources produced by the Making the Most of Masters Project.'

Contact us

If you would like any further information about Making the Most of Masters
please get in touch with our MMM Project Co-ordinator.


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