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CEG8198 : MSc Project and Dissertation in Environmental Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Adam Jarvis
  • Lecturer: Professor Oliver Heidrich, Professor Russell Davenport, Dr Elizabeth Heidrich, Professor Thomas Curtis, Dr Lucia Rodriguez Freire, Prof. David Graham, Professor David Werner
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 2
Semester 3 Credit Value: 68
ECTS Credits: 35.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to enable students to put their specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding into practice, through the medium of a significant individual research project on a contemporary environmental engineering subject. Data will be assembled in new ways, or new data will be created, and then critically evaluated in a coherent written report (dissertation).

Outline Of Syllabus

The project is a chance for students to specialise and is a challenging and rewarding experience. Having first designed their projects, students carry out their research in our excellent Environmental Engineering laboratories, UK field sites, with the option to work with industry or overseas.

Project related training sessions including a field course in water and environmental engineering, presentation skills, critical writing skills, and literature searching hints, laboratory requirements, risk assessment, plagiarism, data presentation and statistics. Specific laboratory training sessions will also be arranged as necessary.

Students are required to attend an assessed interview near the start of the project, discussing the project aim, objectives, methodology, expected outcomes and the time plan, and to produce a laboratory dossier before commencing any laboratory work. A dissertation is submitted at the end of the project and all students are required to deliver a 15-minute oral presentation to an audience of students and staff during Semester 3.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation of interview document and assessed interview.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1240:00240:00Dissertation preparation inc. contact with supervisor
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Oral presentation preparation and delivery
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:001 x 1 hour Module introduction.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1182:00182:00Reading, synthesis and analysis of literature
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1220:00220:00Data collection, including field and/or laboratory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Q&A on project topics, discussion with potential supervisors.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students practice and develop their discipline related skills and knowledge, and their generic skills, through the medium of an individual research project. They gain the skills and knowledge delivered by the module mostly by “learning through doing” as they undertake the project, although knowledge is also gained through all previous taught modules. They are, in addition, supported by one or more academic supervisors who advise on methodologies, interpretation and presentation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation153M7Presentation slides submission and oral presentation at an MSc conference event
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M3Assessed interview and document to demonstrate understanding of the research project (2500 words minimum).
Dissertation3M90Written dissertation assessed in semester 3, approximately 50- 70 pages
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist and generic skills, and the knowledge and understanding practised and developed during this module are assessed primarily through examination of a written dissertation and complemented by assessment of an oral presentation on the dissertation project. The assessed interview is designed to ensure that students have made a satisfactory start to their projects, ensure that feasible objectives have been agreed, and for students to receive formal feedback at an early stage.

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