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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0020 Undergraduate Individual Project

MECH0020 Undergraduate Individual Project

FHEQ Level:
6 (Undergraduate Yr 3)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
30 UCL / 15 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
Progression to 3rd Year and acceptable performance in any module(s) in previous years deemed to be key to the project topic agreed by the relevant supervisor

Taught By

Professor Giles Thomas (Module Coordinator):
Giles Thomas

Module Overview

This module is an individual investigative project conducted in the third year of the BEng and MEng degree courses. Students conduct a project on a relevant topic under the supervision of an academic member of staff, and produce a written report and other project outputs, e.g. design drawings, prototype or software. This is laid down as a compulsory element of the degree programme by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for students to obtain an accredited degree leading to Incorporated or Chartered Engineer qualification.

The project work will be of an investigative nature and may involve analytical, numerical, design and experimental elements. The initiative for carrying out all aspects of the work rests with each student.

Students can carry out an investigation into a problem either chosen from a list of suitable problems proposed by individual members of staff, or on a problem of their own suggestion. Self-proposed project topics must be approved by the Module Coordinator and have an agreed supervisor.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Apply original thinking and develop a project plan to solve an open-ended engineering problem.
  • Develop a solution to the given engineering problem by using an experiment, and/or a computer program/simulation, and/or design methodology, and/or any another methodology approved by the supervisor.
  • Document the problem, the applied methodology, solution, critical analysis and the conclusions of the work to professional written and oral standards.
  • Explain, discuss and defend the investigation process and outcome of a project to a panel of academic assessors with an oral presentation.

Method of Instruction

There will be an introduction to the project module in Year 2 when the list of projects will be issued together with detailed instructions for selecting a project and subsequent procedures to be followed throughout the course up to and submission of the final report. There will be a compulsory session on plagiarism and research skills.

Students conduct the individual project throughout Year 3 under the supervision of an academic member of staff.


This module is assessed through a written project report and accompanying oral presentation.

Students’ performance will be assessed by several elements of continual assessment throughout the 3rd Year.

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