IB – Aims and Objectives


Through the personal project students will experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, as well as the need to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work—key skills that prepare students for success in further study, the workplace and the community.

The aims of the MYP personal project are to allow students to:

  • participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
  • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.


The objectives of the personal project state the specific targets that are set for learning. They define what the student will accomplish as a result of completing the personal project.
These objectives relate directly to the assessment criteria found in the “Personal project assessment criteria”

Objective A Investigating

Students should:

  • define a clear goal and context for the project, based on personal interests
  • identify prior learning and subject-specific knowledge relevant to the project
  • demonstrate research skills.

Objective B Planning

Students should:

  • develop criteria for the product/outcome
  • plan and record the development process of the project
  • demonstrate self-management skills

Objective C Taking Action

Students should:

  • create a product/outcome in response to the goal, context and criteria
  • demonstrate thinking skills
  • demonstrate communication and social skills.

Objective D Reflecting

Students should:

  • evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria.
  • reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context
  • reflect on their development as an IB learner through the project.