Individual Project (H1043)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

The Individual Project in Year 3 is a major component of your degree. It builds upon all of your previous modules to explore an engineering problem in depth, in the area of your degree.

It is designed to give you experience of the full cycle of an engineering project, from initial planning to final presentation. It involves management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation, and communication.

You will interact with a range of skilled people, complete work within budget and available resources, and by an agreed deadline. Your project will involve the design, development and testing of a system. It will include construction and measurement (for hardware projects) and code development and testing (for software projects). It will demand creative thinking, self-organisation and research skills.

You will typically spend 18 hours per week for two terms on the project and it is assessed by an interim report at the mid-way point, a final technical report (dissertation) and a 20-minute oral presentation. You must keep a record of your work throughout the project in a dated logbook, which is handed-in with the final report. Your project is supervised by a member of faculty, who takes on the role of technical director along with a second (minor) supervisor who provides occasional guidance and, in some cases, complimentary expertise.


98%: Practical (Project)
2%: Seminar


25%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)
75%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 112 hours of contact time and about 188 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: