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MSc Engineering (by research)


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Engineering
UCAS Code: Duration/Length: 12 Month(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Engineering Director of Studies: Dr GA Aggidis
Total Credit Points: 180

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of fundamental scientific issues underpinning a specific area of engineering.
    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    The level of indepth understanding is greater than an undergraduate course with the student expected to make value judgements relating to technologies and applications, and to justify these to peers and academic staff.  The research project will provide a student with postgraduate level investigative and analytical problem solving skills. 

    The compulsory element of the course is:
    Production of a piece of original research and subsequent submission of a dissertation that is based on any engineering area.
     
    Industry based students will be admitted onto the MSc programme by demonstrating appropriate transferable skills required to undertake a work-based research project.
     
    Normally by the end of the first month the student in conjuction with their supervisor will have produced a research project plan showing milestones etc., and at four and eight months a progress report.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will have:

    In-depth understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects as applied to both current and future developments in engineering.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will have:-

     

    Knowledge, understanding and skills (to include personal development and employability skills).

     

    Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of fundamental priciples underpinning specific areas of engineering research.

     

    Skills associated with conducting research, ie planning, conducting and reporting research, synthesis of information, using a broad spectrum of scientific apparatus.


     

Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    The level of in-depth understanding attained is greater than that of an undergraduate course with the student expected to make value judgements relating to technologies and applications, and to justify these to peers and staff.

    The project will have a high research content and provide the student with opportunity to develop research skills.  As a measure of the quality of the research the results of the project should be publishable as a conference paper.
     
    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    (to include personal development and employability skills)
     
    Knowledge and understanding of fundamental scientific issues underpinning a specific area of engineering.
     
    Skills associated with conducting research (planning, conducting and reporting research, synthesis of information, using a broad spectrum of scientific apparatus, communcation and other related attributes).

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Skills relevant to engineering research

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
      
    Normally the student in conjuction with their supervisor will produce a research project plan showing milestones etc., and at four and eight months a progress report. 

    The research plan should contain the proposed topic of research, the likely outcomes and objectives, the agreed supervision arrangements and reporting requirements and IPR arrangements.
     
    Production of a piece of original research and subsequent submission of a dissertation that is based on any engineering area.
     
    For each student an individual internal and external examiner who are experienced in the area of research will be appointed.  They will receive a copy of the thesis and produce a report giving overall grade.
     
    Normally the overall mark would be agreed by correspondence between the two examiners but in case of a major disagreement a viva may be held to qualify the result.

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