The MSc Engineering Project enables students to undertake an in-depth individual research project in an area directly linked to the research activity associated with the taught element of the course. the dissertation represents a substantial piece of work requiring initiative and commitment on the part of the student.
The dissertation is characterized by students having to identify for themselves:
· A problem or issue that derives from, or is related to, their programme of study in AM.
· The methodology, skills and resources required to solve the chosen problem or explore the chosen issue.
· The form and style of product that is most suitable for the presentation of their hypothesis or research question(s), findings and conclusions (within the limits of e.g. time available).
· How to work on the selected problem/issue over an extended period with limited supervision.
The chosen dissertation topic should allow a student to demonstrate an appropriate range of skills including, but not limited to, analytical; critical; evaluative; and synthesising skills.
The dissertations provide an opportunity to examine your competence in the following areas:
· Application and adaptation of core tools and techniques to a complex problem, in a situation that is not as artificially constrained as an examination or essay, where solutions are of necessity free from ambiguity.
· Investigation and analysis of the problem, its context, and methods for solving it.
· Development and/or evaluation of potential solutions.
· Implementation and demonstration of the solution.
· Scope and time management.
· Independent learning and ability to think for yourself.
· Evaluation of your solution and the work you undertook to deliver it.
· Depth of understanding of the problem context and of the theory applied to its solution.