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CME8097 : Chemical Engineering Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The aim of this module is to allow students to gain first hand experience of an academic or industrial or research environment and enable them to put their specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding into practice through the medium of a significant individual research project and written dissertation. It provides an opportunity to deepen technical understanding through the application of theory to a project relevant to Chemical Engineering Practice. It also enables students to demonstrate their ability to focus on a solution in the context of often open ended problems.

Students carry out a unique project in a University environment which enables them to put into practice much of their theoretical and practical knowledge gained through the MSc programme. In addition it will enable additional skills acquired through first degree programmes to be extended into a sustainability application.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project shall be agreed by discussion between the student and the degree programme director subject to:

- The appropriateness of the proposed project for the MSc Degree;

- The availability of staff, with relevant expertise and/or experience of supervision.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1150:00150:00Write up dissertation report.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Produce dissertation poster.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1420:00420:00Background reading, data collection and analysis.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00TBA between supervisor and student (PiP).
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The research project is worth 60 credits and allows students to build upon the skills and knowledge gained during the taught part of the programme.

The project may involve working within one of the School's established research groups, or students may work elsewhere in collaboration with industry typically through an industrial sponsor. The supervisor will provide advice on the approaches and methods that are best suited to the industrial or lab based research problem.

Alternative arrangements will be made if necessary as a result of the public health situation, in this case all PiP supervision will take place virtually.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M9075 pages (unless exemption agreed with supervisor)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge acquisition and practical application.

The poster and oral sessions enable to students to show effective communication strategies.

Reading Lists