MSc Individual Project (864H1)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

The Masters Individual Project is designed to expose you to a real-life engineering problem to which you apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the area of your course. The work must be completed within budget, using available resources, by a specified deadline, and presented to an audience not necessarily familiar with the work you have done.

The project is designed encourage creative thinking and expose you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation, and communication.

It will demand individual responsibility, critical awareness, including awareness of relevant regulatory requirements governing engineering activities. You will be expected to exercise initiative and personal responsibility while working at the project.

The project will involve you working on a particular area relevant to your degree, with the goal of meeting a specific set of objectives.

Your project will be supervised by a single member of faculty, who takes on the role of technical director. A second (minor) supervisor is also assigned to provide occasional guidance. 

The specific objectives will depend on the nature of the project. It is however typical for a project to involve you in developing competency in:

  • project management
  • specification
  • development of concepts
  • detailed design
  • hardware and/or software implementation
  • testing
  • analysis
  • evaluation
  • communication.


100%: Practical (Project)


10%: Coursework (Report)
20%: Practical (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 88 hours of contact time and about 512 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.