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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

Curriculum-Based Component of the Doctor of Engineering (EngD) Research Programme in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy (CCSCFE) and MSc in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Materials
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Curriculum-Based Component of the Doctor of Engineering (EngD) Research Programme in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy (CCSCFE) and MSc in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies
Programme code MPRE12, MPPT20, MPTO20
Length of programme EngD: The curriculum-based component of the EngD programme should normally be completed within the first 2 years of registration. MSc: The duration of the MSc programme is normally one year and is available on a full-time basis.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

These programmes are open to graduates in any appropriate branch of engineering provided that they are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. Graduates must demonstrate an appropriate background for their chosen research project. The usual EPSRC eligibility requirements apply for EngD study.

The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. A lower qualification may be acceptable if supplemented with an appropriate postgraduate (MSc) qualification and/or substantial industrial experience.

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

After completion of these programmes, students should:

  • Be able to analyse the overall economic context of cleaner fossil energy research and be aware of the social, economic and ethical implications;
  • Understand the key engineering topics relevant to fossil energy technologies and carbon capture and storage;
  • Understand the global context of research within the topic of cleaner fossil energy.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ);
  • Engineering subject benchmark statement;
  • EC (UK) Specification for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC);
  • Industrial Advisory Committee for the Engineering Doctorate Centre.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

# applies to EngD only

On successful completion of this programme, candidates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of carbon capture and storage and cleaner fossil energy technologies;
  • Understand concepts from a range of areas including some outside engineering, and have the ability to apply them effectively in engineering projects;
  • Be aware of developing technologies related to carbon capture and storage and cleaner fossil energy technologies;
  • # Understand management and business practices, and their limitations, and how these may be applied appropriately;
  • Understand of a wide range of carbon capture and fossil energy processes and equipment;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of these programmes, candidates should be able to:

  • Use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies;
  • Extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and apply its solution using computer based engineering tools when appropriate;
  • Generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfill new needs;
  • Create and interpret new knowledge, through research or other advanced scholarship.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of these programmes, candidates should be able to: 

# applies to EngD only

  • # Make general evaluations of commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks;
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments;
  • Apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, candidates should be able to: 

# applies to EngD only

  • Develop, monitor and update a plan, to reflect a changing operating environment;
  • # Demonstrate an understanding of different roles within a team, and the ability to exercise leadership;
  • Learn new theories, concepts, methods, etc. in unfamiliar situations;
  • Develop a scientific approach to solving problems and adopt a critical approach to investigation;
  • Conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.

4. Programme structure

EngD:

All candidates who are registered on the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme are required to register for and satisfy the regulations for the curriculum-based component of the programme. The purpose of the taught modules is to develop knowledge and understanding of a number of contextual, technical and management subjects which are complementary to the research element of the EngD award.

The curriculum-based component of the programme will normally require a total modular weight of 180 credits of core modules and optional modules taken from a range of postgraduate modules at any of the partner institutions.

Modules are offered by the EPSRC CDT in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy university partners (Nottingham (UoN), Loughborough (LU), Birmingham (UoB), The University of Sheffield (UoS) and British Geological Survey (BGS)).

Candidates who have previously studied appropriate Level 7 (MSc) material, already possess an appropriate MSc or have appropriate industrial experience may be allowed, in exceptional circumstances, to reduce the curriculum-based component of the programme. Eligibility for a reduced curriculum-based component will be decided on an individual basis by the EPSRC CDT in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy Management Group.

All candidates shall register at the beginning of their programme and subsequently at the beginning of each academic year for the modules which they are taking in that year, subject to their satisfactory progression in research and the extension of their registration for the Degree of EngD in accordance with the Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research. Candidates are not eligible to register for modules whilst they remain in debt to the University.

Content

The programme has a number of special features as a consequence of the multi-university nature of the EPSRC CDT in CCSCFE. The candidates will register in full at one of the Universities, and will be registered as Visiting Students at the other Universities, but in order to maintain the integrity of the Centre and the student cohort, all students will attend a full-time core training period distributed over years 1 and 2 of their studies. 

The modular credits taken in the core training period will comprise 80 credits of compulsory taught modules offered by the university partners, 70 credits of project and research training modules and a further 30 credits of optional taught modules which can be taken at any of the partner universities as described below. The total credits obtained through the first 2 years of study will therefore be 180 credits. 

Specialist optional modules can be undertaken in any semester within the second year of the programme subject to local prerequisite requirements.

The selection of optional modules should be discussed and agreed with the candidate’s research project academic supervisor(s) and the appropriate Programme Director.

Core Taught Modules – (total modular weight of 80 credits)

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Power Generation and Carbon Capture and Storage

10

Nottingham

H84PGC

Presentation and Team Skills

10

Birmingham

0417697

Commercialisation of Research

10

Loughborough

BSPE01

Energy Systems and Policy

20

Nottingham

L34118

Industrial Case Studies

10

Loughborough

MPP163

Pilot-scale facilities training

20

Sheffield

H84FPT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Core Project and Research Modules – (total modular weight of 70 credits)

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Industrial mini-project

10

Loughborough

MPP803

Research Project Portfolio:Part 1

10

Loughborough

MPP801

Communication & Engagement Skills for Energy Researchers

10

Nottingham

tba

Research and Professional Skills 1

0

Nottingham

G54RPS

Research and Professional Skills 2

10

Nottingham 

G54RP2

Research Project Portfolio: Part 2

20

Loughborough

MPP802

EngD Winter School + International Placement

10

Nottingham

F84CSS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taught Module Options – (total modular weight of 30 credits)

Optional modules may be chosen from the module catalogues of the UoN, LU, UoB, UoS and BGS. All module choices are subject to the approval of the Programme Director and the delivering institution(s) and/or department(s). Choice should normally be restricted to postgraduate modules (level 7) and should normally be chosen to enhance the student's understanding of the technical content or context of their EngD research project.

The candidate is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of optional module choice can be incorporated into their individual timetable. The choice of optional modules is significantly affected by timetabling constraints and is also subject to availability, prerequisite, preclusive and student number restrictions. Any difficulties arising from optional module choice will not normally be considered as the basis of a claim for impaired performance.

 

MSc:

The programme will normally require a total modular weight of 180 (including the final research project weighted at 60 credits) taken from the range of postgraduate taught  modules offered by the three Midlands Energy Consortium Universities UoN, LU and UoB. 

All candidates shall register at the beginning of their programme for the modules which they are taking in that year.

Content

The programme has a number of special features as a consequence of the multi-university nature of the Programme.

The core modular credits will comprise 60 credits of compulsory taught modules offered by the three universities and 60 credits from a research project at Loughborough. The total credits will be made up to 180 by specialist training modules which can be taken from the partner universities. At least 30 credits of specialist optional taught modules and the final research project (MPP010) must be completed at Loughborough to complete the MSc.

The selection of optional modules should be discussed and agreed with the candidate’s research project academic supervisor(s) and the appropriate Programme Director.

 Core Modules – (total modular weight of 60 credits)

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Power Generation and Carbon Capture and Storage

10

Nottingham

H84PGC

Innovation and Technology Transfer

10

Nottingham

N14T15

Communication and Public Engagement Skills for Energy Researchers

10 

Nottingham

tba

Energy Systems and Policy

20

Nottingham

L34118

Industrial Case Studies

10

Loughborough

MPP163

 

 

 

 

 

 

Core Project Module – (total modular weight of 60 credits)

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

MSc project

60

Loughborough

MPP010

 

 

Taught Module Options – (total modular weight of 60 credits)

Optional modules may be chosen from the module catalogues of Midlands Energy Consortium Universities of UoN, LU and UoB. All module choice is subject to the approval of the Programme Director and the delivering institution(s) and/or department(s). Choice should normally be restricted to postgraduate modules (level 7) and should normally be chosen from the selection listed below.

The candidate is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of optional module choice can be incorporated into their individual timetable. The choice of optional modules is significantly affected by timetabling constraints and is also subject to availability, prerequisite, preclusive and student number restrictions. Any difficulties arising from optional module choice will not normally be considered as the basis of a claim for impaired performance.

At least 30 credits of options must be taken at Loughborough University. Suggested modules for a Materials specialism are indicated by the #.

MSc candidates cannot normally study the distance learning (DL) version of a Loughborough module when a taught version is available.

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Surface Engineering #

15

Loughborough

MPP553

Combined Heat and Power

10

Nottingham

K14CHP

Advanced Thermal Power Systems

10

Nottingham

MM4TPS

Petroleum Production Engineering

10

Nottingham

J14PPE

Metals: Properties and Processes #

15

Loughborough

MPP555

Materials Modelling #

15

Loughborough

MPP556

Sustainable Use of Materials #

15

Loughborough

MPP558

Environmental Management in Practice

10

Nottingham

F84154

Environmental Project Management

10

Nottingham

J14EPM

From the Bench to the Bank

10

Nottingham

F14FBB

Energy Policy and Case Studies

20

Birmingham

0421172

Introduction to Project Management

10

Birmingham

0423104

Controls and Implementation

10

Birmingham

23106

Project Skills

10

Birmingham

23107

Some pre-requisite learning may apply or there may be a limited number of module participants allowable; students must check with module leader.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

Only Loughborough University module marks will be used in determining the Programme Mark. 

5.1. EngD Research Programme

  1. The Loughborough-based curriculum-based component of the EngD programme, including the Project and Research Training components, shall be assessed in accordance with the procedures set out in Regulation XXI.
  2. In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.
  3. Reassessment of modules eligible under Regulation XXI may take place in the Universities Special Assessment Period where suitable modules are available.
  4. Candidates will be eligible to progress on the EngD programme when they have accumulated 180 credits from the curriculum-based component within the period of time specified below *, except where exemption has been granted in accordance with below paragraph ** of these Regulations. 

*The curriculum-based component of the EngD programme should normally be completed within the first 2 years of registration. 

**Candidates who have previously studied appropriate Level 7 (MSc) material, already possess an appropriate MSc or have appropriate industrial experience may be allowed in exceptional circumstances to reduce the curriculum-based component of the programme. Eligibility for a reduced curriculum-based component will be decided on an individual basis by the Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies DTC Management Group. 

5.2. MSc Programme

  1. In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.
  2. Students will be permitted to transfer up to 80 credits of the 180 credits required for the award from the Partner institutions.
  3. Reassessment of modules eligible under Regulation XXI may take place in the Universities Special Assessment Period where suitable modules are available.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

n/a

Programme Specification

MP MSc Polymer Science and Technology

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Materials
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Final award MSc / PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Polymer Science and Technology
Programme code MPPT02-03
Length of programme MSc study is available on a full-time and part-time basis. PGDip and PGCert study is available on a part-time basis only. The duration of the programme is normally one year full-time or five years part-time study. The PGDip is normally four years and the PGCert two years by part-time study.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/materials/polymerscienceandtechnology/

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

The MSc in Polymer Science and Technology aims to prepare students for an active and effective professional role in the manufacturing industry and, particularly but not exclusively, in sectors related to the production and uses of polymer based materials*. The more specific objectives of the programme are to develop the appropriate professional competence for the following functions:

a)    Research and Development related to all aspects of polymer materials, processing methods and end-use products.

b)    Trouble shooting tasks related to materials formulations, polymer processing and failures in service.

c)    Evaluation of performance of polymers to provide data for product design, specifications and quality control.

d)  Characterisation of the molecular composition and morphological structure of polymers and auxiliary materials.

* Materials used for Plastics, Elastomers, Composites and Adhesives.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications  

QAA Materials benchmark document

 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles related to the synthesis and characterisation of polymers.
  • The nature of industrial plastics, elastomers, composites and adhesives, and their chemical and microstructural constitution.
  • The principles underlying the relationship between the properties of polymeric materials and their molecular constitution, morphological features and microstucture.
  • The principles and theories related to polymer miscibilties, toughening of rigid polymers and micromechanics of composites.
  • The concepts, principles and advanced theories of viscoelastic behaviour.
  • The principles related to the physical properties of polymers, the evaluation of their performance and applications for component design.
  • The principles of selecting polymer materials for engineering applications, including compounding, processing and their effects on morphological structure and properties. 

At Diploma and Certificate level the areas of knowledge and understanding are less in number approximately proportional to the reduction in the credits accumulated relative to the MSc award.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Identify the type of synthesis that could be used for the production of polymers and devise a procedure for the molecular and morphological characterisation.
  • Identify and select industrial polymers and additives (for plastics, elastomers, adhesives and composites), including compounding procedures and characterisation.
  • Identify, select and suggest suitable preparation schemes, and evaluate new compounds for specific applications.
  • Provide scientifically sound explanations for observed mechanical behaviour of polymers in relation to deformation and fracture properties.
  • Identify and select suitable procedures to predict the performance of polymers in specific service conditions.
  • Identify and select suitable processing methods for the manufacture of specified end-products, and recommend remedies for any deficiencies related to output and quality. 

At Diploma and Certificate level the areas of subject specific intellectual/cognitive skills are less in number, relating to the coverage provided by the modules studied.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Use/select analytical and physical testing equipment to carry out suitable experiments for the  molecular,  morphological and rheological characterisation of polymers, as well as recording and present the obtained data in a succinct and clear format.
  • Use/select laboratory mixers and processing equipment for the production of compounds and manufacture of simple components and test-specimens, recording appropriate data and presenting these in a concise and scientifically meaningful way.
  • Assemble and operate/Select suitable testing rigs/equipment for measuring mechanical and electrical properties of polymers.
  • Use appropriate computer software for the manipulation of experimental and other data suitable for inclusion in reports and for oral presentation.

At Diploma and Certificate level the areas of subject specific practical skills are less in number approximately proportional to the reduction in the credits accumulated relative to the MSc award.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Organise and manage time and resources effectively.
  • Apply a critical approach to problem solving in areas related to their field of studies.
  • Exercise independent learning skills for the gathering of information and acquire new knowledge for work/subject related activities, as well as for professional development.
  • Work effectively both independently and in a group.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and present information and ideas in a concise and scholarly manner.
  • Demonstrate an adequate level of cognitive and numerical skills for theoretical analysis of new principles.
  • Carry out web searches with a specific target.
  • Make effective use of electronic databases to obtain background information for a research project.

At Diploma and Certificate level the areas of key/transferable skills are less in number approximately proportional to the reduction in the credits accumulated relative to the MSc award.

4. Programme structure

A candidate on a MSc programme will normally study 90 credits of compulsory modules and 30 credits of optional modules followed by a project worth 60 credits.

A part-time candidate on a PGDip programme will normally study 90 credits of compulsory modules and 30 credits of optional modules.

A part-time candidate on a PGCert programme will normally study 60 credits of compulsory modules. 

In the following table, ‘c’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘o’ indicates an optional module. 

Students can substitute an optional module with an o# module if Programme Director and timetabling permits.  

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

Compulsory ‘c’ or optional ‘o’

POLYMER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – FULL-TIME STUDY

MPP501

Polymer Properties

15

2

c

MPP502

Polymer Science

15

1

c

MPP506

Plastics and Composites Applications

15

1

c

MPP504

Polymer Process Engineering

15

1-2

c

MPP507 (ow)

Polymer Characterisation

15

2

c

MPP503

Polymerisation and Polymer Blends

15

2

c

MPP010

Project - Full time

60

other

c

MPP559 (ow)

Adhesive Bonding

15

1

o

MPP508 (ow)

Rubber Compounding and Processing

15

2

o

MPP509

Advances in Biomaterials

15

2

o

 

POLYMER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – PART-TIME STUDY

MPP501 or 601*

Polymer Properties

15

2

c

MPP502 or 602*

Polymer Science

15

1

c

MPP506 or 606*

Plastics and Composites Applications

15

1

c

MPP507 (ow)

Polymer Characterisation 

15

2

c

MPP503 or 603*

Polymerisation and Polymer Blends

15

2

c

MPP505 (ow)

Plastics Processing Technology 

15

2

c

MPP020

Project - Part time (for MSc only)

60

other

c

MPP559 (ow)

Adhesive Bonding

15

1

o

MPP508 (ow) or 608*

Rubber Compounding and Processing

15

2

o

MPP509 or 609*

Advances in Biomaterials

15

2

o

MPP558 (ow) or 658*

Sustainable Use of Materials

15

2

o

MPP552 or 652*

Design with Engineering Materials

15

1

 o#

MPP504

Polymer Process Engineering

15

1-2

 o#

MPP556

Materials Modelling

15

2

 o#

All modules are semester long apart from those marked (ow) which are block taught over one week and those marked * which are by Distance Learning. 

Students may take other modules from the University’s Postgraduate catalogue of modules subject to their availability and the agreement of the Programme Director.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

5.2 Reassessment of modules eligible under Regulation XXI may take place in the University's Special Assessment Period where suitable modules are available.

5.3 Candidates registered on a PGCert or PGDip can progress to PGDip or Masters respectively upon successful completion of modules. 

 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

Programme Specification

MP MSc Materials Science and Technology

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Materials
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Final award MSc / PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Materials Science and Technology
Programme code MPPT15-16
Length of programme MSc study is available on a full-time and part-time basis. PGDip and PGCert study is available on a part-time basis only. Full time: One year Part time: Master of Science: Maximum 8 years Postgraduate Diploma: Maximum 5 years Postgraduate Certificate: Maximum 3 years
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/materials/materialsscienceandtechnology/

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To prepare students for an active and effective professional role in the manufacturing industry and particularly, but not exclusively, the following sectors: Plastics, Rubber, Ceramics and Metals.
  • To enhance the careers of those already in full-time employment in industry via part-time attendance.

The more specific objectives of the programme are to develop the appropriate professional competence for the following functions: 

  • Research and Development related to all aspects of materials, processing methods, characterisation and end-use products;
  • Trouble shooting tasks related to materials processing, characterisation and failures in service;
  • Evaluation of performance of materials to provide data for product design, specifications and quality control;
  • Characterisation of the properties and performance of materials.

 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications  

IoM3 'Materials' publication 2001

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The range of industrial materials, ceramic, metal, polymeric, rubber and their composites, and their composition and microstructural constitution.
  • The principles underlying the relationship between the synthesis of materials and their subsequent properties, with a greater or lesser knowledge of the individual materials classes or specific properties depending on the specific modules taken.
  • The principles underlying the relationship between the properties of materials and their composition and microstructure, with a greater or lesser knowledge of the individual materials classes or specific properties depending on the specific modules taken.
  • The underpinning concepts and practical use of a range of characterisation techniques, with a greater or lesser knowledge of any specific technique depending on the specific modules taken.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Explain the origin of the properties of materials and identify how they may be controlled and modified by changes in the process route used and their microstructures.
  • Identify and select suitable procedures to predict the performance of materials in specific service conditions.
  • Select and identify appropriate experimental techniques to elucidate particular research and/or development goals.
  • Analyse a problem and identify appropriate materials and/or process conditions that will address it.
  • Deliver a Masters’ thesis according to the dissertation specification.
  • Select and identify an appropriate processing method to manufacture products of given shape, material and performance and recommend remedies for any deficiencies related to output and quality.
  • Identify, select and suggest suitable preparation schemes and evaluate new material compositions for specific applications.
  • Propose suitable procedures for the characterisation of materials and assess their significance in relation to processing and manufacture of end-use products.

In each case, students’ knowledge of the individual materials classes, specific properties and characterisation techniques will depend on the specific modules taken.

At Diploma and Certificate level the areas of subject specific intellectual/cognitive skills are less in number approximately proportional to the reduction in the credits accumulated relative to the MSc award.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Formulate experimental strategies to obtain reliable and accurate data that will help solve a particular problem.
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret (with reference to theoretical concepts) practical data to produce a detailed technical report.
  • Explain results according to the changes in the independent variables and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Calculate additional parameters and relate the results to theoretical concepts.
  • Use appropriate computer software for the manipulation of experimental and other data suitable for inclusion in reports and for oral presentation.
  • Retrieve information from a range of sources.
  • Be familiar with the use of analytical and physical testing equipment to carry out suitable experiments for the  compositional, microstructural and performance-based characterisation of materials.
  • Be familiar with the use of laboratory processing equipment for the production of materials and manufacture of simple components and test-specimens.
  • Assemble and operate suitable testing rigs/equipment for measuring mechanical and physical properties of materials.
  • Evaluate and present practical data in a suitable format.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Organise and manage time and resources effectively.
  • Apply a critical approach to problem solving in areas related to his/her field of studies.
  • Exercise independent learning skills for the gathering of information and acquire new knowledge for work/subject related activities, as well as for professional development.
  • Work effectively both independently and in a group.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and present information and ideas in a concise and scholarly manner.
  • Demonstrate an adequate level of cognitive and numerical skills for theoretical analysis of new principles.

At Diploma and Certificate level the areas of key/transferable skills are less in number approximately proportional to the reduction in the credits accumulated relative to the MSc award.

4. Programme structure

A candidate on a MSc programme will normally study 90 credits of compulsory modules and 30 credits of optional modules followed by a project worth 60 credits.

A part-time candidate on a PGDip programme will normally study 90 credits of compulsory modules and 30 credits of optional modules.

A part-time candidate on a PGCert programme will normally study 60 credits of compulsory modules. 

In the following table, ‘c’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘o’ indicates an optional module. 

Students can substitute an optional module with an o# module if Programme Director and timetabling permits.  

 


 


Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

Compulsory ‘c’

or optional ‘o’

MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – FULL-TIME STUDY

MPP551

Advanced Characterisation Techniques

15

1

c

MPP552

Design with Engineering Materials

15

1

c

MPP553

Surface Engineering

15

1

c

MPP554

Ceramics: Processing and Properties

15

1

c

MPP555

Metals: Processing and Properties

15

2

c

MPP558 (ow)

Sustainable Use of Materials

15

2

c

MPP010

Project - Full time

60

other

c

MPP563 (ow)

Industrial Case Studies

15

1+2

o

MPP505 (ow)

Plastics Processing Technology

15

2

o

MPP556

Materials Modelling

15

2

o

 

MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – PART-TIME STUDY

MPP552 or 652*

Design with Engineering Materials

15

1

c

MPP553 or 653*

Surface Engineering

15

1

c

MPP554 or 654*

Ceramics: Processing and Properties

15

1

c

MPP505 (ow)

Plastics Processing Technology

15

2

c

MPP555  or 655*

Metals: Processing and Properties

15

2

c

MPP558 (ow) or 658*

Sustainable Use of Materials

15

2

c

MPP020

Project - Part time (for MSc only)

60

other

c

MPP559

Adhesive Bonding

15

1

o

MPP563

Industrial Case Studies

15

1+2

o

MPP508 (ow) or 608*

Rubber Compounding and Processing

15

2

o

MPP501 or 601*

Polymer Properties

15

2

 o#

MPP551

Advanced Characterisation Techniques

15

1

 o#

MPP556

Materials Modelling

15

2

 o#

All modules are semester long apart from those marked (ow) which are block taught over one week and those marked * which are by Distance Learning.

Students may take other modules from the University’s Postgraduate catalogue of modules subject to their availability and the agreement of the Programme Director.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

5.2 Reassessment of modules eligible under Regulation XXI may take place in the University's Special Assessment Period where suitable modules are available.

5.3 Candidates registered on a PGCert or PGDip can progress to PGDip or Masters respectively upon successful completion of modules. 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

Programme Specification

MP Curriculum-Based Component of the Doctor of Engineering (EngD) Research Programme in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies and the MSc Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Materials
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies
Programme code MPRE12, MPPT20, MPTO20
Length of programme EngD: The curriculum-based component of the EngD programme should normally be completed within the first 2 years of registration.
MSc: The duration of the MSc programme is normally one year and is available on a full-time basis.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

EngD:  This programme is open to graduates in any appropriate branch of engineering provided that they are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. Graduates m us t demonstrate an appropriate background for their chosen research project. The usual EPSRC eligibility requirements apply.

The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. A lower qualification is acceptable if supplemented with an appropriate postgraduate (MSc) qualification and/or substantial industrial experience. 

MSc:  This programme at Loughborough has the following admissions criteria: Candidates will usually require a good (minimum 2.2) first degree (BEng or BSc) or equivalent in a science or engineering subject to register for an MSc course. All applicants must have a qualification acceptable to Loughborough University in English language before commencing the programme.

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

To produce future research and industry leaders to tackle the major national and international challenges over the next 15 years in implementing new power plant to generate electricity more efficiently using fossil energy with near zero emissions.  This may involve the successful demonstration and deployment of CO2 capture, together with reducing CO2 emissions generally from fossil fuel utilisation in industries such as power generation and iron and steel making. 

To introduce candidates to key engineering topics relevant to fossil energy technologies. 

To prepare graduates who are capable of operating in multi-disciplinary teams and who have the skills to analyse the overall economic context of their projects and to be aware of the social and ethical implications. 

To develop candidates’ understanding in a particular specific area of interest by undertaking a research based project in association with appropriate University research groups and in conjunction with industry where appropriate.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ);
  • Engineering subject benchmark statement;
  • EC (UK) Specification for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)
  • Industrial Advisory Committee for the Engineering Doctorate Centre.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, candidates should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of: 

  • The energy landscape;
  • Principles of engineering science as applied to efficient fossil energy technologies;
  • Implications of the deployment of technology in society;
  • Possible options for efficient fossil energy technologies;
  • Professional responsibility of an engineer and the associated ethical issues;
  • Appropriate research methodologies to solve specific scientific and engineering problems

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Development of innovative thinking, while tackling real industrial problems;
  • Continual broadening, by gaining and applying new knowledge from a modular taught programme;
  • Expert knowledge of an engineering/applied science area;
  • The ability to apply his/her skills and knowledge to new and unusual situations;
  • The ability to seek optimal, viable solutions to multi-faceted engineering problems and to search out relevant information sources.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, candidates should be able to: 

  • Plan and execute experimental laboratory work safely;
  • Use computational tools and packages (including programming languages where appropriate);
  • Undertake testing of ideas/theories in the laboratory or by simulation, and analyse and critically evaluate the results;
  • Search for and retrieve information, ideas and data from a variety of sources;
  • Critically appraise appropriate scientific literature;
  • Manage a project and apply appropriate processes; Produce technical reports, papers, diagrams and drawings.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, candidates should be able to: 

  • Be creative and innovative in problem solving;
  • Communicate effectively orally, visually and in writing;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Work effectively as part of a team.

4. Programme structure

4.1 EngD Research Programme

4.1.1. Structure

.1 All Candidates who are registered on the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme are required to register for and satisfy the regulations for the curriculum-based component of the programme. The purpose of the taught modules is to develop knowledge and understanding of a number of technical, business and management subjects as a pre-requisite to the research element of the EngD award.

.2 The curriculum-based component of the programme will normally require a total modular weight of 180 (including the Research Portfolios 1 and 2 and the Research Summer Schools, jointly weighted at 60 credits) taken from the range of postgraduate modules offered by the three Universities within the Doctoral Centre in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies (Nottingham (N), Loughborough (L) and Birmingham (B)).

.3 Candidates who have previously studied appropriate Level 7 (MSc) material, already possess an appropriate MSc or have appropriate industrial experience may be allowed in exceptional circumstances to reduce the curriculum-based component of the programme. Eligibility for a reduced curriculum-based component will be decided on an individual basis by the Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies DTC Management Group.

.4 All candidates shall register at the beginning of their programme and subsequently at the beginning of each academic year for the modules which they are taking in that year, subject to their satisfactory progress in research and the extension of their registration for the Degree of EngD in accordance with the Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research. Candidates are not eligible to register for modules whilst they remain in debt to the University.

.5 Candidates who have completed part or all of the curriculum based element of their programme but who subsequently do not complete the requirements for the award of EngD may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Master of Science (MSc). The credit for these awards must have been accumulated as part of the curriculum-based component of the programme. Candidates who have, because of their previous study or experience, been allowed to reduce the curriculum-based component of the programme may not qualify for an award.  

4.1.2 Content

The programme has a number of special features as a consequence of the multi-university nature of the Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies Doctorate Training Centre (EFET DTC). The Candidates will register in full at one of the three universities, and will be registered as Visiting Students at the other two Universities, but in order to maintain the integrity of the Centre all REs in each cohort will attend an initial full-time core training period of one semester duration. The core training semester will also include compulsory but non-assessed activities within the induction period. 

The modular credits taken in the core training period will comprise 60 credits of compulsory modules offered by the three universities. The total taught element credits will be made up to 120 by specialist training modules which can be taken at any of the partner universities as described below. There are three themes within the specialist modules, and candidates are normally expected to take a minimum of 10 credits from each of these three themes.  

Specialist modules can be undertaken at any preferred time in the first two years of the programme subject to local prerequisite requirements. 

The selection of elective modules should be discussed and agreed with the Candidate’s supervisor(s) and the appropriate Programme Director.

4.2. MSc Programme

4.2.1.   Structure

  1. The programme will normally require a total modular weight of 180 (including the final research project weighted at 60 credits) taken from the range of postgraduate taught  modules offered by the three Universities (Nottingham (N), Loughborough (L) and Birmingham (B)).

  2. All candidates shall register at the beginning of their programme for the modules which they are taking in that year. 

4.2.2.   Content

The programme has a number of special features as a consequence of the multi-university nature of the Programme. 

The core modular credits will comprise 60 credits of compulsory taught modules offered by the three universities and 60 credits from a research project at Loughborough. The total credits will be made up to 180 by specialist training modules which can be taken from the partner universities. At least 30 credits of specialist optional taught modules and the final research project must be completed at Loughborough (MPP010) in the case of the MSc programme. 

The specialist modules are contained within three themes and candidates must choose their options from both Theme 1 and Themes 2 & 3 combined.

 

4.3.   Modules for EngD and MSc

Compulsory Taught Modules: Semester 1- (total modular weight 60)

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Semester

Power Generation and Carbon Capture

10

Nottingham

H84PGC

1

Energy, Technology and Society

10

Nottingham

L34110

1

Innovation and Technology Transfer

10

Nottingham

N14T15

1

The Energy System

10

Birmingham

08 2281

1

Industrial Case Studies

10

Loughborough

MPP163

1

Research & Professional Skills

10

Nottingham

G54RPS  

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialist Optional Taught Modules: Semester 2- (total modular weight 60)

Optional modules may be chosen from the module catalogues of the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Birmingham. All module choice is subject to the approval of the Programme Director and the delivering institution(s) and/or department(s). Choice should normally be restricted to postgraduate modules (level 7) and should normally be chosen from the selection listed below. 

The Candidate is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of optional module choice can be incorporated into their individual timetable. The choice of optional modules is significantly affected by timetabling constraints and is also subject to availability, prerequisite, preclusive and student number restrictions. Any difficulties arising from optional module choice will not normally be considered as the basis of a claim for impaired performance. 

EngD: Candidates must choose a minimum of 10 credits from modules typical of each of Themes 1-3. 

MSc: Candidates must choose a minimum of 10 credits from modules in Theme 1 and 2&3 combined.  Modules available to MSc candidates are indicated by #. MSc candidates cannot normally study the distance learning (DL) version of a Loughborough module when a taught version is available.

Theme 1 – Advanced Technical Skills 

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Semester

Combined Heat and Power#

10

Nottingham

K14CHP

2

Advanced Thermal Power Systems#

10

Nottingham

MM4TPS

2

Petroleum Production Engineering#

10

Nottingham

J14PPE

2

Advanced Characterisation Techniques

15

Loughborough

MPP551

1

Design with Engineering Materials

15

Loughborough

MPP552

1

Surface Engineering

15

Loughborough

MP3551

1

Ceramics: Properties and Processes

15

Loughborough

MPP554

1

Metals: Properties and Processes #

15

Loughborough

MPP555

2

Materials Modelling #

15

Loughborough

MPP556

2

Sustainable Use of Materials #

15

Loughborough

MPP558

2

Advanced reaction systems A*

10

Birmingham

04 17136

1

Advanced reaction systems B*

10

Birmingham

04 17137

1

System modelling*

10

Birmingham

04 20544

1

* some pre-requisite learning applies or there is a limited number of module participants; students must check with module leader. 

Theme 2 – Contextual and Skills 

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Semester

Environmental Management in Practice #

10

Nottingham

F84154

2

Environmental Project Management #

10

Nottingham

J14EPM

2

From the Bench to the Bank #

10

Nottingham

F14FBB

2

Energy Policy and Case Studies #

20

Birmingham

0421172

2

Research Planning #

 

10

Loughborough

MPP801

2

 Theme 3 – Advanced Management Skills 

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Semester

Marketing (DL) #

15

Loughborough

MPP660

2

Introduction to Project Management #

10

Birmingham

04 23104

2

Controls and Implementation #

10

Birmingham

23106

2

Project Skills #

10

Birmingham

23107

2

DL = Distance Learning only 

4.4   Project and Research Training - (total modular weight 60)

EngD Programme

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Research Project Portfolio: Part 1

20

Loughborough

MPP801

Research Project Portfolio: Part 2

30

Loughborough

MPP802

Research Summer School

10

Nottingham

N14T15

Research Project Portfolio Part 1 should normally be completed in year 1 and Part 2 in year 2.

MSc Programme 

Module Title

Credits

University

Module reference

Research Project

60

Loughborough

MPP010

The research project commences after the Semester 2 exam period and is normally completed in September of the same year and assessment includes an oral presentation, literature review and final report carried out at Loughborough.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

Only Loughborough University Module Marks will be used in determining the Programme Mark. 

5.1. EngD Research Programme

  1. The Loughborough-based curriculum-based component of the EngD programme, including the Project and Research Training components, shall be assessed in accordance with the procedures set out in Regulation XXI.
  2. In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.
  3. Reassessment of modules eligible under Regulation XXI may take place in the Universities Special Assessment Period where suitable modules are available.
  4. Candidates will be eligible to progress on the EngD programme when they have accumulated 180 credits from the curriculum-based component within the period of time specified below *, except where exemption has been granted in accordance with below paragraph ** of these Regulations. 

*The curriculum-based component of the EngD programme should normally be completed within the first 2 years of registration. 

**Candidates who have previously studied appropriate Level 7 (MSc) material, already possess an appropriate MSc or have appropriate industrial experience may be allowed in exceptional circumstances to reduce the curriculum-based component of the programme. Eligibility for a reduced curriculum-based component will be decided on an individual basis by the Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies DTC Management Group. 

Three copies of the Research Project Portfolio (Parts 1 and 2) must be lodged with the Programme Director on or before the second anniversary of registration. 

5.2. MSc Programme

  1. In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.
  2. Students will be permitted to transfer up to 80 credits of the 180 credits required for the award from the Partner institutions.
  3. Reassessment of modules eligible under Regulation XXI may take place in the Universities Special Assessment Period where suitable modules are available.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

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