Teaching and learning
The range of subject matter covered in the modules calls for varied teaching and learning techniques. These will include lectures, tutorials, individual and group planning exercises and practical work. You will be encouraged to openly communicate your professional experiences, exchange ideas and knowledge share. One-to-one tutorials are also arranged to cater for individual learning differences.
Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.
Candidates wishing to obtain an MSc will carry out a research project and complete a dissertation. Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the course. The research project will bring together all the acquired skills learnt on the course, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one or more of the subject areas studied. It will involve sourcing and gathering information, critical analysis, and evaluation and presentation skills. The project should contain your own original ideas. It should also exceed the existing standard of technical design, and address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.
Assessment and examinations
Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.
Every student is assigned a personal tutor from the start of their degree.
We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for postgraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.
Each of the modules that make up the course will be taught at the University of Southampton. The academic coordinator of the module is responsible for ensuring appropriate content of modules and quality of delivery.
Assessment procedures for each module will be administered by the Faculty of Engineering and Environment in accordance with University policy.
Each research project will be supervised by a member of academic staff. A co-supervisor will be allocated who will normally be an academic or senior consulting engineer from within the Faculty; in the case of projects carried out externally, the co-supervisor may be from the institution/company offering project facilities. The supervisor and co-supervisor conduct a formal progress review with the student, normally during July/August.
Assessment of the knowledge base is through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects.
Analysis and problem solving skills are assessed through unseen written examinations and problem based exercises. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and oral presentations.
The tutorial system
Every student is assigned a personal academic tutor when they start their university degree.
We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.
Dr Julian Wharton