CEG8198 : MSc Project and Dissertation in Environmental Engineering

Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
Semester 3 Credit Value: 55
ECTS Credits: 35.0


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 and written dissertation.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project is a chance for students to specialise, and is a challenging and rewarding experience. Students carry out their research in our well equipped Environmental Engineering laboratories, UK field sites, in industry or overseas.

Project related training sessions including presentation skills, critical writing skills, and literature searching hints, laboratory requirements, risk assessment, plagiarism, data presentation and basis statistics will take place in the co-requisite module CEG8110. 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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:001 x 1 hour Module introduction. Present in Person. Alternative: Synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1240:00240:00Dissertation preparation inc. contact with supervisor (Present in Person or synchronous online)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Assessed interview (PiP or synchronous online as Plan B)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1240:00240:00Reading, synthesis and analysis of literature
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1202:00202:00Data collection, often laboratory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Q&A on project topics, discussion with potential supervisors. PiP or: Synchronous online as plan B
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. They are, in addition, supported by one or more academic supervisors who advise on methodologies and interpretations.
*Timetabled activities, alternatives will be offered for students who are unable to attend at the specified time.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M97Written dissertation assessed in semester 3, approximately 50-70 pages
Research proposal2M3Assessed interview and document to demonstrate your understanding of the research project (2500 words minimum).
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. 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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