Module details for MSc Work Based Project/Dissertation


Individual in-depth investigation of a particular aspect of their own specialism.


To provide the student with: An opportunity to undertake individually an in-depth investigation in a relevant area of interest within an applied context in industry, consolidating theory and examining practice and providing a basis for the writing of a substantial dissertation

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically evaluate and select an appropriate area of investigation

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

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

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

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

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Nature of project (3): Projects may involve modelling or simulation of data, development of frameworks or systems to improve practice

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 240
Assessment 30
Independent 330
Total 600

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.