MEEN41200 Master Thesis (EITM)

Academic Year 2022/2023

The project will typically be completed as a team and a portion of the assessment will rely on peer review. The research topic should be applied in nature and associated with the related ME Manufacturing Engineering programme major i.e. Additive manufacturing for full flexibility, Zero-defect manufacturing for a circular economy and Digitalised value networks. The research topic may be of direct relevance to a company sponsor who will outline their project requirements in consultation with the student team and the academic supervisor(s).
The thesis shall be performed according to the rules and regulations of the Exit University in the EITM Master School and also agree with the rules of the Entry University. The thesis topic should be scientifically relevant and industrially aligned with EIT Manufacturing flagships, also considering Innovation & Entrepreneurship elements. An industrial thesis advisor will be appointed, according to the rule of each specific Partner University. The thesis shall be written in English. If the Entry University so requires, a supervisor from that Partner University can also be part of the supervising team.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students should be able to:
- Complete a comprehensive literature review
- Identify a clear research problem and supporting objectives
- Select and apply an appropriate methodology and research design
- Gather appropriate data, analyse it, and present research findings.
- Interpret findings and develop sensible recommendations.
- Outline a roadmap of solution implementation for the relevant party (industry or academic)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module utilized some of the key teaching and learning approaches used in higher education such as:
(1) Active/task-based learning; which is an approach where the planning of learning materials is based around doing a task.

(2) Peer and group work: which is a form of voluntary association of members benefiting from cooperative learning, that enhances the total output of the activity than when done individually.

(3) reflective learning: which is a process that facilitates a deep, transformative, and unique learning experience. The insights students will gain about themselves as they engage in the project, working as part of a team, are not things that can be learnt in a book or taught in a classroom.

(4) Case/Problem-based learning; which is a student-centred pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem found in trigger material.

(5) Student presentations: which require students to present the outcomes of their projects individually or in a group.

(6) Dissertation critical writing: this involves reporting all of the outcomes and findings in a structured and rigorous manner with proper justifications and referencing. 
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
Presentation: Final presentation to be done at UCD by the end of the Spring Trimester. A separate presentation may be required depending on the Entry university requirement. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Project: Interim group report Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Final report assessment where students will need to submit individual project reports (even if the project is done in a group) to UCD and a separate one to the Entry university if required. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The students will work with academic and industrial supervisors. Both supervisors will provide continuous feedback on the progress of the students within their projects. Final feedback will be provided at the end of the module where the students will understand their strengths and weakness in an accomplished project.