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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)

Module ENGI41090: Masters Research Project

Department: Engineering

ENGI41090: Masters Research Project

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 90 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap
Tied to H1K509


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To allow students to undertake an individual, research-based project within an industrial context. The project will allow students to deal with a technical topic of depth and challenge.


  • The exact content of the project will be decided in consultation with the academic supervisor, company representative and the student. The project will take into consideration the topics studied by the student during the first half of the MSc.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • To be able to carry out extensive in depth work in a specialist area.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To plan and manage an investigation of an industrial process or product design.
  • To utilise knowledge and skills acquired from the formal teaching process.
  • To be able to carry out work that is both relevant and realistic in industrial terms.
  • To be able to apply best practice research methods.
  • To produce an effective report which clearly presents and describes the investigations, results and conclusions.
Key Skills:
  • To transmit findings via oral and written presentations.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Regular meetings with supervisor to discuss project progress, planning, data collection, research methods and technical issues.
  • Mid-term assessment to ensure project is on track, a clear plan for completion is in place and that the standard of work is satisfactory.
  • Oral examination to allow detailed questions to be put to the student regarding the technical aspects of their work and also to assess oral communication skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Tutorials 25 weekly 1 25
Fieldwork 420
Preparation and Reading 455
Total 900

Summative Assessment

Component: Project Assessment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Project Assessment will be carried out using the standard school criteria for marking projects. The report will be read by a member of staff other than the supervisor, who will then take part in an oral examination of the student with the supervisor. They will jointly then agree the mark and write a joint report on the examination. 18000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback is an ongoing process delivered via tutorials with project supervisor (and collaborating company where appropriate).

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University