The Independent Research Project, or Dissertation, forms an extremely important part of the overall degree. This module represents an extended opportunity to develop independent real-world and applied research skills, in design, execution, analysis and synthesis of experiments and data sets. Students have the freedom to choose a project in a field of particular interest and can develop a completely novel proposal in consultation with an appropriate supervisor.
The output from this module, the report, is often used as an important guide by employers when considering the background and experience of recent graduates. To this end, the double module requires a sustained effort; it accounts for 25% of the third-year mark within a 3 year programme and 16.5% of your final degree mark. As such, this module forms the most substantial single contribution to the final degree.