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“Reimagining the MSc project” workshop

March 7, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Facilitated by Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence nominees from the Digital Health Project Team – Professor Ian Craddock. Amberly Brigden and Dr Hanna Isotalus from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


Most taught MSc degrees conclude with a major individual research project (or “dissertation”). The research project model is traditional but arguably flawed – in many contexts it is too brief to give much scope for true research; it fails to prepare students for working environments which are largely team-based; it seldom offers the type of multidisciplinary problem-solving which characterises most of our global challenges.

Further, at a time when Universities are seeking to expand postgraduate taught numbers, the model of an individual academic supervising an individual summer project often does not scale easily.

Challenged with these issues, a team from Engineering will, in this workshop, describe a new model of group-based project which was implemented for the first-time last year; the project is Bristol’s nomination for the national Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence Award and will also be presented at the AdvanceHE conference later this year.

Workshop details:

In this workshop the project structure will be explained, and feedback presented from staff and students.

The second half of the workshop will encourage attendees to discuss the extent to which some of the solutions might be generalised to be applicable in other postgraduate programmes.

Joining details:

The workshop will take place on Teams, joining details will be sent a few days in advance.

Registration closes at 11am on 7th March.


March 7, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm