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EG59M2: MSC INDIVIDUAL PROJECT (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:55


Course Overview

The MSc Individual Project is an independent piece of research based on a topic related to a student’s degree programme. Students are encouraged to focus on a problem confronting industry or a related area. The individual project provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate how the in-depth skills and knowledge they have gained during the taught courses can be used to provide solutions to practical problems. The individual project should contain a degree of original research.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Third Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Amer Syed

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme
  • Engineering (EG)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The individual project allows students to conduct an extended research project on a topic connected to their degree programme. Students can either select projects from a list curated by the School or propose their own projects. Projects proposed by students are subject to the approval of the course coordinator. Projects linked to industry are encouraged, and these can be sourced either by the Student or the School.

Over the course of the project, students will develop skills in technical writing, critical evaluation of literature and the presentation of research data. Projects may involve experimental, theoretical, or analytical work, but should include a degree of original research. Students will be assigned an academic supervisor, who will provide guidance and formative feedback via regular meetings. At the end of the supervision period, students will produce a dissertation and give a presentation on their work.

This variant of the MSc Individual Project will be run full time over a period of 12 weeks, and is the MSc individual project course for campus-based MSc students on programmes that commence in January and contain a 60-credit individual project. There are separate project variants for online learning students and campus-based students who start programmes in September.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation - 55 pages

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will be given detailed guidance in the project documentation on MyAberdeen.

This includes information on preparing a thesis, including information on what should be included within the 55-page limit.

Written feedback will be provided to each student by the project supervisor.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateCritically evaluate the technical and design aspects of research relevant to the topic of the project within the context of the student’s MSc programme.
ProceduralApplyConduct research in a coordinated effort to expand our current knowledge in the area of the project and in line with the principles appropriate for the student’s MSc programme.
ProceduralCreateEffectively communicate findings in a written dissertation and an oral presentation to a technical audience.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically evaluate the existing literature relevant to a particular project.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically interpret data and present results in a meaningful way in the context of a wider field of the student’s MSc programme.
ProceduralUnderstandRecognise the economic, legal, social and sustainability issues associated with a particular project.
ReflectionEvaluatePlan and coordinate a project within a given timescale, taking due account of the safety risks and ethical considerations relevant to the project.

Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 2 Feedback Weeks 3,4,5

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Feedback

10-minute oral presentation with 5 minutes for questioning.

Written feedback will be communicated to the students by the presentation assessors after the presentation.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateEffectively communicate findings in a written dissertation and an oral presentation to a technical audience.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically interpret data and present results in a meaningful way in the context of a wider field of the student’s MSc programme.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of thesis

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students who achieve a marginal fail (CGS E1, E2 or E3) will be allowed to resubmit their thesis after receiving feedback from there project supervisor. The period in which the student can make corrections will be determined by the course coordinator, but shall not exceed three months.

A resit is not available for students achieving grades of CGS F1 to G3 at the first attempt.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluatePlan and coordinate a project within a given timescale, taking due account of the safety risks and ethical considerations relevant to the project.
ConceptualEvaluateCritically evaluate the technical and design aspects of research relevant to the topic of the project within the context of the student’s MSc programme.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically evaluate the existing literature relevant to a particular project.
ProceduralUnderstandRecognise the economic, legal, social and sustainability issues associated with a particular project.
ProceduralApplyConduct research in a coordinated effort to expand our current knowledge in the area of the project and in line with the principles appropriate for the student’s MSc programme.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically interpret data and present results in a meaningful way in the context of a wider field of the student’s MSc programme.
ProceduralCreateEffectively communicate findings in a written dissertation and an oral presentation to a technical audience.

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