Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Mechanical Engineering Individual Project

Module aims

The individual project is an open, often research-based activity spread over the final year. The project is supervised by an academic member of staff and is normally conducted within that staff member’s research group. Projects can be experimental, computer-based or analytical, or any combination of these. All projects should have a strong engineering content and employ skills acquired in previous years of the Mechanical Engineering course. They may also involve non-technological aspects such as economics, safety and ecological implications.

ECTS = 25

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Apply fundamental engineering principles to complex engineering problems.

2. Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution, and manage their time. 

3. Create, select and apply appropriate techniques, and explain their limitations.

4. Communicate effectively with engineers and the wider community in written and oral forms.

5. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes of a professional engineer.

Module syllabus

Project selection. Identification of aims and objectives. 

Project planning & time management. Background and literature research. 
Individual project work. Interpretation of results and consideration of significance. 
Maintaining record of work via a logbook. 
Communication via written reports, seminar and poster presentation. 

Teaching methods

The project is supervised by an academic member of staff and is normally conducted within that staff member’s research group. 


Assessment details        
      Pass mark   
Grading method Numeric   50%
Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Pass mark Must pass?
Coursework Project Plan Report 5% 50% N
Coursework Project Progress Report 5% 50% N
Coursework Project Final Report 55% 50% N
Practical Project Seminar 10% 50% N
Practical Project Poster 5% 50% N
Coursework Project Logbook 10% 50% N
Practical Project Conduct of Task 10% 50% N

Module leaders

Dr Richard Jan van Arkel