Individual Project 5 ENG5041P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This is an extended, individual project that allows students to demonstrate their abilities as future engineers, based on the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have developed during the preceding years of their MEng programme. It may be carried out in industry, an overseas university or in the University of Glasgow or a combination of these.


None - individual work to be done in collaboration with the industrial and/or academic supervisor.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





65% Report

20% Practical Skills Assessment - Technical and Professional Conduct

15% Oral Assessment and Presentation

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this project are to:

■ encourage independent thought and work at the leading edge of engineering technology;

■ develop the professional skills required for employment in an internationally leading industrial or research environment;

■ apply the student's engineering knowledge to a substantive problem in an unfamiliar area, accounting for real world constraints;

■ allow the student to apply and critique a variety of engineering analyses and/or develop innovative design solutions;

■ develop technical communication skills, both in a substantial report and an oral presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ take personal responsibility for directing a project plan to solve an engineering problem in an unfamiliar area, typically in an international context;

■ interact in a professional and ethical manner with colleagues, exercising initiative, and applying techniques of project management where appropriate;

■ summarise the key technical (including, where appropriate, academic references, codes of practice and standards) and non-technical (including, where appropriate, commercial, environmental and legal) drivers and constraints of a complex engineering problem;

■ apply mathematics, extensive discipline specific knowledge, principles from related disciplines, and knowledge from outside engineering in the critical analysis and creative solution of an engineering problem;

■ critically assess interim project outcomes and adapt theory, experimental approaches and design choices to mitigate deficiencies;

■ evaluate project results in relation to current and emerging technologies and in view of current and future societal needs;

■ write a substantial, well presented technical report in clear and concise English;

■ present technical information verbally to non-experts using appropriate presentation aids.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must perform a satisfactory amount of work for the project, submit interim reports and the final written report and make an oral presentation.