F21MP Masters Project and Dissertation

Dr Lilia Georgieva

Course co-ordinator(s): Dr Lilia Georgieva (Edinburgh), Dr Ryad Soobany (Dubai).


  • To provide the student with an opportunity to undertake extensive investigation of an advanced or specialised topic relating to their programme.
  • To provide the opportunity to plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development.

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisite course(s): F21RP Research Methods and Project Planning MSc Level performance in taught courses and 45% or above in F21RP Research Methods & Project Planning.

Location: Dubai, Edinburgh.

Semester: 3.


This course concerns requirements analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of software systems as appropriate to the specific MSc programme, typically:

  • Requirements analysis of software and/or experimental studies on computer systems
  • Software and/or experimental design
  • Software prototyping and/or implementation of a significant software system OR conduct of substantial piece of empirical research
  • Evaluation of software system or experimental studies
  • Critical assessment of contributions to research or effectiveness of software solution.
  • Presentation of the whole project

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

  • Critical understanding of a specialised area including principal theories and concepts.
  • Critical knowledge and skills in the application of requirements analysis, design, implementation and evaluation techniques.

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT

  • Take responsibility for own work.
  • Communicate with peers, senior colleagues and specialists through an extensive dissertation and poster display.
  • Develop original and creative responses.
  • Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to advanced or specialised topics.

Assessment Methods: Due to covid, assessment methods for Academic Year 2021/22 may vary from those noted on the official course descriptor. Please see:
- Maths (F1) Course Weightings 2021/22
- Computer Science (F2) Course Weightings 2021/22
- AMS (F7) Course Weightings 2021/22

SCQF Level: 11.

Credits: 60.