MEEN40740 ME MSE Project

Academic Year 2023/2024

A research thesis will be undertaken during year 2 of the ME Materials Science and Engineering programme. A thesis title, description and academic supervisor will be allocated to each student at the start of the academic year. The thesis will involve some or all of the following aspects: statement of aims and objectives in line with thesis proposal; literature review; design, development and commissioning of an experimental facility or prototype design; experimentation; computational analysis; critical assessment of project outcomes.
Students will be required to disseminate their thesis outcomes during the academic year in four parts (i) an interim report with research plan, (ii) an oral presentation (interim), (iii) written thesis and (iv) final project oral examination.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, the student will be able to:

(a) Describe the scientific, mathematical and engineering principles relevant to the thesis;
(b) Conduct a technical literature review;
(c) Identify specific research objectives and formulate a research plan;
(d) Design an appropriate engineering solution to address the thesis objectives;
(e) Implement solutions through analysis, simulation and/or experimentation;
(f) Analyse results, discuss critically and draw appropriate conclusions;
(g) Manage the execution of an engineering thesis in a limited time;
(h) Collaborate with supervisor, co-workers and/or support staff to achieve a technical solution;
(i) Present the research thesis and results to both specialist and non-specialist audiences through written technical reports, oral presentation and poster presentation;
(j) Engage with and observe applicable ethical considerations relating to their thesis content, personal conduct and the delivery of thesis components.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
-active/task-based learning,
-lab work,
-problem-based learning
-critical writing,
-reflective learning,
-oral presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Interim Report with Research Plan Week 1 n/a Graded No


Essay: Final Thesis Submission and viva voce Week 12 n/a Graded Yes


Presentation: Interim Oral Presentation Week 1 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Final Project Oral Presentation Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Neal Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer