Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
MSC Project
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Only available to MSc students

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission under University Regulations  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. identify and document user requirements for a system in a specific context

2. use the professional and academic literature to survey possible approaches to the construction of a specific system and select the most suitable

3. develop a substantial piece of software to meet identified requirements

4. design and carry out a set of validation, verification and testing activities to demonstrate that the software produced does indeed meet the identified requirements

5. critically reflect on the choice of techniques and the manner of their use, in the light of the experience gained from developing the software

6. identify weaknesses and lacunae in the available techniques

7. document all of the above to a professional standard

Brief description

The aims of the module are:

To provide the students with the opportunity for an in-depth investigation of an appropriate topic. It is intended that the skills and discipline required to write a scholarly paper or report on a specified subject will be developed to an advanced level. The module will provide the opportunity to specialise in a particular aspect of the discipline.

It will achieve this by considering the following areas:

- Introductory session detailing the requirements of a dissertation
- Tutorials to give guidance and arrange appropriate dissertation research work, culminating in the production of a research proposal
- A period of approximately 3 months experimental work/data gathering under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor
- Writing up and submission of a dissertation in accordance with University guidelines and under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor


The aim of the MSc project is to demonstrate that students can:
  • bring together the knowledge acquired from the various modules in the programme and apply it to a major task;
  • use the professional and academic literature to extend their knowledge to meet the challenges of the project;
  • critically evaluate other people's work and their own.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Depends on the project topic.
Communication No
Improving own Learning and Performance A considerable amount of self-motivation and discipline is required to complete the project and dissertation.
Information Technology Entire content of module
Personal Development and Career planning No
Problem solving Significant problem solving is required to complete the project.
Research skills Students are required to read relevant academic and other materials during the progress of the project. An element of original research is required.
Subject Specific Skills See learning outcomes
Team work No


This module is at CQFW Level 7