School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

Do you want to enrol in your thesis or final year project?  This page outlines the difference between each course code, how to select a project and how to enrol.

The information below is a guide only.  Students must refer to the relevant Course Profile for further information.
 

Which course do I enrol in?

Course Program Project Start Duration Units
MECH4500 BE Mechanical, Mech & Materials, Mech & Aero, Mining, Mining & Geo Individual Thesis Semester 1 Year-long 4
MECH4501

BE Mechanical, Mech & Materials, Mech & Aero, Mining, Mining & Geo

Individual Thesis Semester 2 Year-long 4
MECH4552

BE Mechanical, Mech & Materials, Mech & Aero

Group Design Project Semester 1 Year-long 4
ENGG4011 BE Mechanical, Mech & Materials, Mech & Aero CEED Project Semester 1 or 2 Semester 6
ENGG4281 3+1+X Study Abroad Individual Thesis Semester 1 Year-long 8
ENGG4282 3+1+X Study Abroad Individual Thesis Semester 2 Year-long 8
ENGG7290 BE/ME Individual Thesis Semester 1 or 2 Semester 8
ENGG7241 MEngSci & MEngSci (Man) Individual Thesis Semester 1 Year-long 4
ENGG7242 MEngSci & MEngSci (Man) Individual Thesis Semester 2 Year-long 4
ENGG7281 MEngSci, MEngSci (Man) & Master of Engineering Individual Thesis Semester 1 Year-long 8
ENGG7282 MEngSci, MEngSci (Man) & Master of Engineering Individual Thesis Semester 2 Year-long 8
 
Selection of a thesis topic

If you do not yet have a thesis project or supervisor arranged for your studies.  Selection of a thesis topic can be done in four ways:

  1. The School publishes a list of potential thesis topics on its thesis database available at https://student.eait.uq.edu.au/projects.  Students can select a topic from this list.  Contact the supervisor and gain support from the supervisor to take on the project.  Please note that more projects will be added to this database prior to the commencement of the Semester.
  2. If you cannot find a project on the thesis database that you are interested in, you can search fora different academic staff member in your area of interest using the UQ Researchers website. UQ Researchers provides a summary of current UQ staff, their research interests and contact information. If you find a staff member doing research that you are interested in, contact them directly via email for an available topic.
  3. A student may propose their own topic for a thesis.  The student is required to present their proposed topic to an academic for discussion  The final decision on whether the student may do the project is up to the UQ academic.
  4. A thesis can also be done with an industrial partner.  Students may propose a topic with an industrial partner provided that a UQ academic is willing to be the University-based supervisor for the project.  The student is required to present the proposed industry project to an academic for discussion.  The final decision on whether the student may do the project is up to the UQ academic.
     
Selection of a design project

Group design projects offered under the course code MECH4552, are an alternative to completing a final year thesis for students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or Mechanical and Materials Engineering. In these projects, as a team of 4-8 students, you will be required to design and test a prototype system to meet an engineering brief provided by one of our industry partners. Compared to an individual thesis, the projects are larger in scope and there is a stronger focus on the design, construction and testing of a final prototype. Selection of a design project can be done in two ways:

  1. The School publishes a list of available design projects on the database available at https://student.eait.uq.edu.au/projects.  Contact the supervisor and gain support from the supervisor to take on the project.  Please note that more projects will be added to this database prior to the commencement of the Semester.
  2. A group of students may propose their own group design project.  The students are required to present their proposed topic to the Course Coordinator for discussion.  The final decision on whether the student may do the project is up to the Course Coordinator.

The MECH4552 course is structured based on a typical engineering design project, consisting of function requirement capture, background research to identify prior art, design review, functional evaluation, and engineering documentation. To achieve these goals, you will be mentored both by a UQ academic and a stakeholder/mentor from the project industry partner. 

How to enrol

To enrol in your chosen course, please follow the instructions provided here: 

Course Enrolment instructions Having difficulties finding a project?
MECH4500 and MECH4501

When you have discussed your project interest with the academic staff member and they have confirmed they will supervise you on the project, email studentenquiries@mechmining.uq.edu.au (Cc your supervisor) with the following details:

  • Student name
  • Student number
  • Name of UQ Academic Supervisor
  • Project title

If you have followed the steps outlined above to select a thesis topic and are unable to secure a project and supervisor, please contact the Course Coordinator to discuss your supervision needs. The Course Coordinator's details can be found online here (MECH4500, MECH4501).

MECH4552 Enrolment can be completed via SI-net as per a normal course enrolment. Permission to enrol is not required. Please contact the Course Coordinator to discuss your interests. The Course Coordinator's details can be found online here.
ENGG4011

When you have discussed your project interest with the academic staff member and they have confirmed they will supervise you on the project, email studentenquiries@mechmining.uq.edu.au (Cc your supervisor) with the following details:

  • Student name
  • Student number
  • Name of CEED Industry Supervisor
  • Name of UQ Academic Supervisor
  • CEED Project title

Please contact the Course Coordinator to discuss your supervision needs. The Course Coordinator's details can be found online here. 

ENGG4281 & ENGG4282

When you have discussed your project interest with the academic staff member and they have confirmed they will supervise you on the project, email studentenquiries@mechmining.uq.edu.au (Cc your supervisor) with the following details:

  • Student name
  • Student number
  • Name of UQ Academic Supervisor
  • Project title

Please contact one of the below academics for assistance:

Materials Engineering: Prof Jin Zou
Mechanical Engineering: Prof Han Huang

 

ENGG7290 Contact the EAIT Employability team on employability@eait.uq.edu.au to discuss your placement opportunities. The EAIT Employability team will liaise directly with the School to finalise your thesis enrolment.

Please contact the Course Coordinator to discuss your supervision needs. The Course Coordinator's details can be found online here.

ENGG7241, ENGG7242, ENGG7281 & ENGG7282

When you have discussed your project interest with the academic staff member and they have confirmed they will supervise you on the project, email studentenquiries@mechmining.uq.edu.au (Cc your supervisor) with the following details:

  • Student name
  • Student number
  • Name of UQ Academic Supervisor
  • Project title

Please contact one of the below academics for assistance:


Industry-based thesis and confidentiality

If you are undertaking an industry-based thesis, prior to commencement of the project, you must complete and submit a Student Placement Agreement to undertake this work-integrated-learning.  Please contact the School Office (studentenquiries@mechmining.uq.edu.au).

Check with your industry supervisor to see if there will be any confidentiality requirements for the thesis.  Note that academics not involved in the project will examine the thesis and this need to be recognised and acknowledged by the industry partner.  Unless an agreement is in place otherwise, theses will also be uploaded and made available in the UQ Library Collection. If your industry advisor indicates that the thesis should be kept confidential for some period of time, please ensure these details are included in the agreement. 

If the industry partner wishes to make any changes to the standard agreement or, if another confidentiality agreement is proposed, this will be passed on to the UQ Legal Office by the School for negotiation.  This can take of the order of a month or more.  If the industry partner wishes to take this route, the proposed agreement should be sent to the School Office (studentenquiries@mechmining.uq.edu.au) prior to commencement of the project.  It is up to you to send the proposed agreement to the School office for processing.

If your thesis is to remain confidential for a period of time, include an accompanying Confidentiality Submission Letter in your final report. This letter is normally located in the report immediately after the title page and before the abstract.
 

Thesis Expectations

Once you have enrolled your thesis course, make sure to review the Expectations of Student and Supervisor document for you to get the most out of your thesis.
 

Thesis Format and Submission instructions

Please check the Engineering Theses Submissions website and information in the Course Profile.