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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5000M MSc Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Ana Heitor

Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

CIVE5165M Geotechnical DissertationCIVE5335M Transport Infrastructure DissertationCIVE5340M Railway Engineering DissertationCIVE5591M EEPM DissertationCIVE5593M WASH DissertationCIVE5974M Structural Engineering Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The dissertation module will last for the duration of your MSc programme. The submission date will vary according to whether your programme begins in September or January.


This module is designed to develop the capabilities to:

- define problems and research gaps of relevance to one aspect of the student’s MSc programme
- systematically collate and critically review the relevant literature with regard to scientific rigour and integrity;
- design a work programme to collect, analyse and synthesise data with appropriate regard for research ethics, health and safety, and risk assessment;
- present information in a logical and cohesive way with due regard to research integrity;
- elicit the appropriate conclusions including critical self-reflection and lessons learnt;
- communicate appropriately through well-structured and written reports.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to
1. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information in order to complete an engineering task to solve complex problems
2. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and/or engineering principles to the solution of a complex problem*.
3. Formulate and Analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions explaining the reasons for, and advantages and disadvantages of different formal organisational structures
4. Demonstrated the ability to critically select and apply appropriate computational and/or analytical techniques to understand complex problems, understanding the limitations of the techniques employed
* Complex problems are defined as having no obvious solution and may involve wide-ranging or conflicting technical issues and/or user needs.

Skills outcomes
Commercial Awareness
Communication Skills
Planning and Organisation

This module will be used for the summative assessment of English language competency.


• Definition of research;
• Identification of information sources;
• Academic integrity and research ethics;
• Research design and risk assessment;
• Research methods;
• Measurement (if relevant);
• Data analysis;
• Synthesis and conclusions;
• Academic writing and referencing
The module will include a number of lectures on ethical issues related to the themes of this module and overall programme of study.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours570.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The students will receive feedback on their work at regular (e.g. fortnightly) consultation meetings.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation15,000 - 30,00085.00
ReportProject Definition Report. 2000 words10.00
In-course AssessmentEffort and Engagement5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit will be by 100% resubmission of the dissertation.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:55


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