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Through our ethos of community engaged research, we offer master's students the opportunity to create a co-produced thesis or undertake a research volunteering opportunity.

Acting as a bridge between research and the voluntary sectors, we empower students to engage with different forms of knowledge and research practices than you might be taught in the classroom.

Read on to see how you can get involved!

Meet the team

We are here for YOU at every stage of the community engaged research process.

Invest in your dissertation

Our programme is here to create a more meaningful dissertation experience for master's students at UCL. Our work is driven by our value of authentic knowledge democracy and our desire to act as a bridge between the voluntary sector and the university.

Explore below to learn more about all the Community Research Initiative has to offer you and the wider London community!

Research volunteering

Put your academic skills to work outside of the classroom by conducting research for charities, community groups and non-profits on a voluntary basis.

It's an excellent way to hone your skills, develop cross-sector experience and make a genuine positive impact with research.



A PhD Students Journey From Novice to Research Consultant, A Day with East London's Change Makers
On a chilly autumn afternoon in East London...
Dissertation Showcase 2023
We like to work hard and celebrate even harder here at the Community Research Initiative!
Learning through volunteering
It’s an age-old complaint during school, isn’t it – but what’s the point in learning this? Or I’m never going to use this in real-life. Unfortunately, this disconnect between the classroom and the outside world continues into university lecture halls as well.
Students co-creating dissertations with community organisations
Making your dissertation go further, do moreStudying for a master's here at UCL? The dissertation is a key element during a demanding and challenging year - why not make it go further and mean more?