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Unit information: Research Project in 2018/19

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Unit name Research Project
Unit code EMATM0038
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Giuggioli
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of the taught component of the MSc in Engineering Mathematics.



School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Students will undertake an individual research project allowing them to develop their research skills. At the end of the project the results will be presented in the form of a final dissertation and in a project conference.


To enable students to perform independent research

To present research findings both in writing and orally

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the dissertation, students will demonstrate ability to:

1. frame a clear, central research question within the project topic chosen;

2. identify and critically review literature relevant to the topic and central research question;

3. understand and apply an appropriate research methodology to investigate the chosen topic;

4. analyse data and/or evidence, where appropriate, and draw approriate conclusions that answer the central research question;

5. integrate conclusions into wider academic debates;

6. produce a project report in a clear, well-written and grammatically-correct style, that conforms to the conventions of academic presentation;

7. use skills of project management including working independently, managing time, working to deadlines.

Teaching details

Methods of Teaching The principal method of teaching is through supervision. This is carried out on an individual basis supported by small group supervision where appropriate.
Contact Hours Per Week 1 (students offered total of 12 hours of one-to-one contact with supervisor)
Student Input 588 Independent hours of Research, Testing, Project preparation and writing, presentation and poster preparation

Assessment Details

Assessment Details

Formative feedback will be through regular meetings with the project supervisor and also through an interim assessment, which will consist of a short presentation to the project assessor(s) and supervisor followed by an interview.

Summative assessment:

Dissertation (15,000 words maximum) (90%)

Project conference and poster session (10%)

Reading and References

To be suggested by the project supervisor as appropriate