Advanced Project

Module Title - Advanced Project
Number of credits – 60

Module description

Carrying out an independent study on a chosen research topic and demonstrating the ability to produce original and innovative work. The project will involve a literature review, methodology, collation of data, analysis, presentation of results, discussion and conclusions.

The aim of the module is to offer an opportunity for each student to demonstrate their ability to carry out research independently, with guidance, on a specific topic in depth and including a degree of originality. In addition, the project provides an opportunity to consolidate material learned elsewhere in the degree in the context of a topic that matches the subject chosen.

An essential part of the project is a critical review of the relevant literature in the public domain as a basis from which the student can move beyond current knowledge. Research findings will be presented in both written form (as a draft research paper in a suitable journal format) and orally.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimise the application of an existing or emerging technology.
  • Understanding of concepts relevant to the discipline, some from outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively.
  • Ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies.
  • Ability to collect and analyse research data and to use appropriate engineering analysis tools in tackling unfamiliar problems, such as those with uncertain or incomplete data or specifications, by the appropriate innovation, use or adaptation of engineering analytical and design methods.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills by applying appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of an engineering problem including defining a suitable project, design and conduct appropriate research, assess limitations of applied scientific methods or knowledge, make appropriate recommendations, and learn from feedback.
  • Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations, generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs.
  • Awareness of the commercial and social contexts in which engineering practice operates, including understanding of management, business practices, and the evaluation of risk. 
  • Plan for effective project implementation and take responsibility for the effective management of shared resources and time according to an agreed work plan that can adjust to changes during the course of the project.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills including effective written and verbal communication on complex technical material and with others in the working environment.
  • Apply skills in problem solving, information retrieval, and the effective use of IT systems.
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment including complying with University rules of conduct, health, safety and welfare issues, sustainability, training and ethical requirements appropriate to the project.

Teaching and assessment:


  • 5, 000 word project report (80%)
  • Question and answer session (20%)