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    A Capstone project helps both organisations and students in achieving their goals

Capstone projects

A Capstone project gives you the chance to work in a group on a project for an external client.

It's an excellent opportunity for you to:

  • Develop your ability to work in a group by receiving guidance and professional support throughout the project, making yourself more attractive to future employers who frequently seek this important soft skill when they are recruiting.
  • Deliver successful planning and policy project implementation through strong organisational skills.
  • Grow your skills at writing policy reports: these differ significantly from academic papers as they require you to apply analysis and research to solve a practical problem.
  • Enhance your ability to analyse policy by contributing to the drawing of policy recommendations, gathering data, designing analytical framework, developing methodology, and reviewing policy literature.

Information for employers

The Capstone project offers employers the opportunity to work with a small student team here at the University of Reading to solve a real-life organisational problem.

We encourage a broad range of employers to apply for the programme, including: business companies, government agencies, not-for-profits, non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The programme is designed to give University of Reading students hands-on experience, and to give clients an opportunity to benefit from an independent analysis of an existing or prospective, initiative, policy or area of concern.

Students will work in small teams, with interdisciplinary backgrounds if appropriate to the nature of the project and client's requests, to deliver a commissioned output on time and to high standard. An academic supervisor will provide guidance throughout the project. The Capstone project is an optional credit-bearing module available to undertake as part of our MA in Public Policy and economics master's degree programmes.

Apply for the programme

If you would like to run a Capstone project with us then please get in touch on

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