Postgraduate taught 

Mechatronics MSc

MSc Project ENG5059P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting 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.


None - individual work to be done in collaboration with the academic supervisor.

Excluded Courses





60% Report

20% Practical skills Assessment- Technical and Professional Conduct

20% Oral Assessment and Presentation: Poster Presentation

Course Aims

This course aims 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 a poster 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 visually to non-experts using appropriate presentation aids.

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.