Master students to undertake Financial Services projects

University of Strathclyde students on the MScs Actuarial Sciences and Quantitative Finance undertake a summer project as part of their MSc. Some projects are co-supervised by industry partners and are based on their business interests.

We are currently seeking ideas from industry for projects taking place in summer 2020.

Companies participating in the scheme in previous years benefited not only from the direct project outputs but also from accessing talented students. This can be a route to recruitment and developing a closer relationship with the university. 

The Students benefit from the exposure to business. They see the problems that industry are interested in and get experience working with business. This improves their employability upon completing their MSc. 

Project subject matter is flexible. It needs to be quantitative in nature and relevant to the financial sector. Projects last 12 weeks from late May to late August and the actual work can take place at the company or at the University, or a mixture of both. Industry supervision can be light touch or more intense, to suit the project and supervisor; it can also be at a distance using phone and internet communication if, for example, the industry supervisor is based overseas. No fees to students or to the University are involved.

Companies submit project ideas to the University and students select and apply for them. Industry Supervisors interview students and select the best match. Students are also assigned an academic supervisor. The student’s project plan, final report and oral presentation are judged by both the academic and industrial supervisors.

For summer 2020 projects, ideas from industry are invited by 14 February 2020 using a short pro-forma.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Ian Dwyer by email at