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MAR8099 : Dissertation: MRes

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Zhongxu Hu
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 50
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 55.0


A1 - To undertake advanced research on an appropriate marine-related topic working largely alone,
and to present in a structured form the results of that research. The research takes the form
of a research project and involves a literature review and a computational study, an
experimental investigation, or some combination thereof.

A2 - To acquire knowledge in a specialised topic, possibly outside the scope of the taught modules.

Outline Of Syllabus

The form of supervision will be agreed between module leader, student and identified potential supervisor, but may be in approximately the following form:
Selection of topic of study
Identifying an industrial collaborator
Writing a study plan
Literature review of study subject area
Project initiation
Project supervision
Analysis and interpretation of information
Draft review
Completion of review
Draft dissertation
Completion of dissertation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1770:00770:00Research for dissertation inc supervisory meetings
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1330:00330:00Write-up of dissertation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The student should select a member of staff as a supervisor for their intended project who will help establish the scope and focus of the project.
The student should formally agree with the selected member of academic staff that they will act as their supervisor. The supervisor needs to sign both the initial project specification and literature review & project plan to confirm that they are willing to so.
The supervisor is also responsible for helping the student with all matters relating to the project and is the primary point of contact for all technical and project management issues.
Students are responsible for maintaining regular contact with their selected supervisors and to maintain a written record of their meetings that is subsequently appended to for the final report.
The project must in all cases be submitted by the stated date. In exceptional circumstances students may seek an extension for late submission after first discussing the reason with their supervisor and then seeking the agreement of the module leader. A PEC form is available by request from the school office.

Supervisory meetings will either be present in person or via an appropriate teleconference system.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper3A100Dissertation - approx 100 sides of A4
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is intended to provide the students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial and largely independent piece of research. The examiners assess the ability of a student to produce a written research report which demonstrates the intended learning outcomes.

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