Village Enterprise

Undertake an independent project to explore a global issue of your choice

Module details

  • Offered to 3rd & 4th Years
  • Thursdays 16.00-18.00
  • 2 term module worth 5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
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Follow up your own interests in a global issue, such as human sustainable development or environmental stewardship, with an extended independent project of your own design.

The Change Makers Independent Project is ideal if you have a particular interest in global issues and have an idea or topic of special interest that you would like to explore in some depth. The module consists of independent study, supervised by a Change Makers Teaching Fellow who will meet with you on a regular basis to discuss progress. The topic and design of the project must be agreed before the module commences and should be of sufficient scope to allow you to complete an in-depth analysis of your chosen area.

At the start of the module, you will be helped to develop a proposal that details the topic, your research question or objective and the mechanism by which you wish to complete your project and be assessed. You will be given lots of ideas and shown different examples of the types of work you could produce – the key is to find a topic you are really interested in. If you already have your own clear ideas, we will work to incorporate them fully into a project that meets the module description. You will develop your own timetable and meeting schedule in discussion with your supervisor and then begin work on your project. Although this is an independent project, you will have the support of your tutor and the cohort of Change Makers Independent Project students to share ideas and peer feedback with. This module provides you with the opportunity to investigate an idea that you are passionate about, whether or not it is related to your main degree course.

*The module specification below is subject to final committee approval and is therefore subject to change.*

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be better able to:

  • Demonstrate  systematic knowledge and critical understanding of your chosen topic.
  • Adapt and apply established techniques of analysis and enquiry creatively and appropriately.
  • Propose ways of investigating a real-world issue from a new perspective that pushes you to develop further their skills, knowledge or competencies.
  • Synthesise, evaluate critically and challenge information and arguments from a range of sources to produce an original analysis.
  • Individually produce work of the equivalent workload to a 3,000-5,000-word analytical essay. 
  • Work in an interdisciplinary manner to produce work for assessment. 
  • Plan, monitor and review your progress as an independent learner, acknowledging the value of your own unique contributions to knowledge on your subject.

Indicative core content

  • Topics are to be negotiated with individual supervisors and receive the approval of the Module Leader. There is broad scope for the topic, as long as you can demonstrate how it relates to global issues.
  • The final submission may be an essay, but it must include a non-written component e.g. a presentation, poster, video or piece of artwork. The overall submission must be of the equivalent workload of a 5,000 word essay.


  • Coursework: Independent Project Submission - see below (90%)
  • Practical: Course Performance - decided by your supervisor/s (10%)

As this is an independent project, you are free to design your own assessment portfolio. It should be the equivalent of a 5,000 word essay and must consist of at least two pieces, one of which must not be written. It might comprise several shorter pieces of writing, one long-form piece of writing, some practical elements and short pieces of writing, a workshop, newsletter, piece of artwork - it is completely up to you.

The Course Performance mark reflects the level of professional engagement you demonstrate with your supervisor when arranging and attending supervision meetings, responding to feedback that you are given and meeting deadlines.


Key information

  • You are expected to spend approximately 125 hours total study time for the module, to be completed through a combination of independent study and flexible meetings with your classmates and lecturer. Independent study includes preparation for classes and assignments, wider reading and guided research relevant to the module.  
  • This module is designed as an undergraduate Level 6 course. See Imperial Horizons level descriptors [pdf]
"It’s really amazing to be able to design my own project and to follow up on something that I am really interested in for my future career."