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CME8128 : MEng Research Project

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Adam Harvey
  • Lecturer: Dr Wenting Hu, Professor Anh Phan, Dr Jonathan McDonough, Dr Dana Ofiteru, Dr Chris O'Malley, Professor Mohamed Mamlouk, Dr Vladimir Zivkovic, Dr Shayan Seyedin, Professor Mark Geoghegan, Dr Adrian Oila, Dr Fernando Russo Abegao, Dr Jonathan Lee, Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta, Dr Stevin Pramana, Dr Colin Hare, Dr Mark Willis, Professor Ian Metcalfe, Professor Kamelia Boodhoo, Dr Katarina Novakovic, Professor Steve Bull, Professor Lidija Siller, Dr Maria Vicevic, Dr Richard Law, Professor Jarka Glassey, Dr Eni Oko, Dr Jie Zhang, Dr Evangelos Papaioannou
  • 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: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


1. To develop research skills by undertaking original investigative work via experiments and/or modelling.

2. To develop scientific communication skills via writing a scientific journal paper.

3. To introduce students to research techniques.

4. To complete a literature review assignment, which will involve developing and improving skills in information gathering and analysis.

5. To analyse experimental/modelling date to create new insights.

6. To communicate scientific concepts and data via a presentation.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. The nature of research

2. Resources for research

3. Guidance on gathering information form literature, and using software such as Scopus for literature searching and analysis

4. Writing a literature survey

5. Writing a research paper: layout; key chapters; style; citing references; being critical; making arguments.

Students will spend the whole of Semester 2 doing a research project supervised by a member of academic staff.
All candidates on MEng degrees with specialisms will carry out a project in their respective specialisms.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Prepare scientific journal paper
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials22:004:00Ad-hoc Library sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Prepare presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:001. Introduction to Module. Finding information, writing literature reviews. 2. Scientific writing: journal papers
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Prepare literature review
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching83:0024:00Meetings with supervisory teams
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1398:00398:00Perform experimental or theoretical work to satisfy requirements of research project, and write up.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the basic processes of research and give guidance on scientific writing, and performing research.

The library sessions raise awareness of the resources available for research and provide hands-on practice in searching for electronic reference material.

A research project will be selected by the student from a list of projects supplied by academic staff. The projects will range from fundamental scientific investigations through to industrially based development projects. All the projects will have relevance to the process industries and the potential to make a real contribution to the sector.

The large amount of private study reflects the fact that this is a project that students must progress themselves.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation2M5Presentation (approx. 15 mins including questions).
Written exercise2M20Literature review (approx. 5000 words).
Written exercise2M75Scientific Journal Paper (approx. 12500 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The literature review underpins the project allowing the student to develop sufficient knowledge in the area to plan and undertake the project.

The research project is written up as a scientific journal paper will allow students to undertake in depth research and communicate their findings in a succinct and focused manner and in the form in which research is usually communicated.

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