Postgraduate taught 

Mechanical Engineering MSc

MSc Project ENG5059P

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course provides students with an opportunity to carry out an extended, individual and in-depth project. It allows students to demonstrate their abilities as future engineers, based on their previous undergraduate knowledge and that acquired during their postgraduate study.  The project may be carried out in industry, at an overseas University or in Glasgow University or a combination of these.


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

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





60% Report
0% Oral Assessment and Presentation: Poster Presentation
20% Practical skills Assessment: Conduct during Project

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ encourage the development of a professional attitude and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning;

■ encourage independent thought and work;

■ develop technical skills and understanding in a chosen speciality;

■ provide an opportunity to work in an area at the leading edge of engineering technology;

■ develop communication and presentation skills, both for a written report and a poster presentation;

■ give experience of the management structure of the host organisation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ work independently, exhibiting a high level of ethical and professional conduct;

■ demonstrate the methodologies associated with their chosen project area;

■ communicate effectively at all levels in the industrial or academic environment;

■ formulate and follow a long-term project plan in a clear, methodical manner;

■ research the scientific and engineering literature relevant to a specific area of engineering;

■ demonstrate intelligent application of their prior knowledge, skills and understanding within a field that may be unfamiliar to them;

■ conduct high quality technical work as an individual in a commercial or academic environment;

■ write a substantial technical report in clear English;

■ prepare a poster summarising their project activity.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

The students must perform a satisfactory amount of work for the project, submit interim reports, the final report and prepare and display a poster.