Insights to Industry ENG5297

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This innovative programme gives research students the opportunity to sharpen their commercial awareness and gain hands-on experience while working in teams on a real industrial problem. Following a programme of training workshops, site visits, research and group work, they will present their solutions to the industrial partner.


One afternoon session a week, comprising of lecture and seminar content, with an industry (external) visit and final presentation to industry partners. Group work can be organised according to the timetables of the participants.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





25% group contribution to final report (to be submitted at final presentation)

15% individual contribution to final report (to be submitted at final presentation)

40% group final presentation (including response to questions)

10% group interim report

10% peer review of folio

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

It is not possible to offer reassessment in group project work in this course. Students failing to complete the group project work, without good cause, will receive a Credit Refused (CR) grade and will be required to re-attend the course the following year

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide opportunities for students to develop and apply transferable skills, including creative thinking, group working, coordinating meetings, project management and presenting project outcomes in a business environment;

■ provide a supportive environment in which students can develop their professional networks and ability to collaborate with industrial or academic partners, as well as gain a better insight to possible career options post-PhD and how their skills will translate into a non-academic environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ apply creative thinking techniques to solve challenging industrial problems;

■ use simple project management tools to ensure the group project are completed within agreed timescales;

■ tailor communication methods, such as written reports and oral presentations, to present project progress and outcomes to a business-focussed audience;

■ reflect on their own skills, and those of their peers, whilst working in a group context;

■ articulate how the skills developed during a PhD equip them for a variety of careers in the future.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.