MSc Project/Dissertation | Abertay University

MSc Project/Dissertation


Individual in−depth investigation of a particular aspect of energy, water and/or environmental management


An opportunity to undertake individually an in− depth investigation in a relevant area of interest. A period of active reflection on relevant elements of the taught subjects. The basis for writing a substantial dissertation

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically evaluate and select appropriate area of investigation.

2.  Plan, design and undertake a programme of research in the selected subject area, working individually.

3.  Gather, collate, present and analyse information and use the information to make deductions.

4.  Demonstrate an ability to communicate the findings and implications of the research programme in a written thesis and during a Viva Voce examination.

Indicative Content

1 *

Nature of Project (1) Projects may be based on any aspect of technical and operations, management, economics, environmental or social impact.

2 *

Nature of Project (2) Projects may involve: an experimental investigation; a dissertation involving survey, collation and critique of collected information.

3 *

Time and goal management Students will manage their own time and will work towards goals agreed with the supervisor − this is an important aspect of the project and develops skills important for employability.

4 *

Monitoring, modelling and data management Projects offer students a variety of opportunities to develop methodological and technical capabilities not covered within the taught component of the award

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Depending on the type of project being undertaken, these may involve independent and supervised research comprising literature search, data collection, experiments and surveys, field work etc to obtain information and fundamental knowledge. Viva voce examination and assessment of a written report to assess students knowledge and understanding and transferable skills.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 0
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 0
Independent 0

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.