COMP0138 Individual Project for Year 4 MEng

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Academic session



Individual Project for Year 4 MEng



Module delivery

1819/A7U/T12/COMP0138 Masters (MEng)

Related deliveries


Prior deliveries



Masters (MEng)

FHEQ Level


FHEQ credits



Terms 1 and 2

Module leader

Roberts, Graham


All available academic staff as project supervisors

Module administrator

Ball, Louisa


To give students the experience of undertaking and completing a substantial and challenging piece of individual work, applying knowledge learned throughout the degree programme, including the skills of research, analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation.To document the results to a high academic standard. The work should incorporate advanced ideas and methodologies derived from 3rd and 4th year modules, as well as emphasise research and evaluation skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:

  1. work individually to undertake a major project
  2. plan and coordinate the project activities to meet the deadlines
  3. make realistic work commitments
  4. write a substantial report to document the project results
  5. demonstrate good research and evaluation skills

Availability and prerequisites

This module delivery is available for selection on the below-listed programmes. The relevant programme structure will specify whether the module is core, optional, or elective.

In order to be eligible to select this module as optional or elective, where available, students must meet all prerequisite conditions to the satisfaction of the module leader. Places for students taking the module as optional or elective are limited and will be allocated according to the department’s module selection policy.

Programmes on which available:

  • MEng Computer Science (International Programme) (Year 4)
  • MEng Computer Science (Year 4)
  • MEng Mathematical Computation (International Programme) (Year 4)
  • MEng Mathematical Computation (Year 4)


To be eligible to select this module, students must have passed MEng Computer Science Years 1, 2 and 3



There is no set syllabus. Students identify their chosen project topic and find a member of the academic staff who will act as the project supervisor. Students are responsible for organising and carrying out their project, and are expected to attend weekly tutorials with their supervisor during term time. Tutorials allow the supervisor to monitor the progress of the project, providing advice and feedback as necessary.

The project begins in October and runs in parallel with normal teaching during terms 1 and 2. The submission deadline is at the start of term 3 just prior to the exams. In addition there are two formative milestones - a Project Plan must be submitted in mid-November, outlining the project aims and objectives and providing a work plan, and an Interim Report in late January that outlines what has been achieved so far and what it is planned to do during the remainder of the project. These documents are prepared with advice from the supervisor and must be approved by the supervisor to confirm the project is proceeding properly.

The project has a 30 credit value, and represents one quarter of the student's final year work.

Project goals

A MEng project is expected to have significant challenge and depth, reflecting that it is a Master level project. The student is encouraged to do a research-oriented project and it is possible to submit a research paper in place of a standard project report.

Project report

The final report documents the results of the project, and is expected to be a substantial and properly structured document. Obtaining a higher module mark depends on submitting a good quality report, as well as successfully undertaking the project work. The project guidelines available on Moodle give detailed information about the required content.

An indicative reading list is available via


The module is delivered through individual working with tutorial support from the Project Supervisor.


This module delivery is assessed as below:



Weight (%)



Individual Project



In order to pass this Module Delivery, students must:

  • achieve an overall weighted Module mark of at least 50.00%;

AND, when taken as part of MEng Computer Science and MEng Mathematical Computation:

  • achieve a mark of at least 40.00% in any Components of assessment weighed ≥ 30% of the module.

Where a Component comprises multiple Assessment Tasks, the minimum mark applies to the overall component.