Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering

The Part IV Project is a learning exercise allowing you to tackle a significant problem in a similar way to how you might approach it in your professional career.

Part IV research project

The Part IV research project requires independent thought and action. In most cases, you will be working in groups of two under the direction and continuing guidance of a project supervisor and a co-supervisor.

Work on the research project commences by early March and continues to the end of September, with the expectation that you will spend on average about 10 hours per week on your project throughout the duration. A project planner indicating the important dates is available for you to help planning the project.

You will draw upon the theoretical knowledge and skills you have acquired so far and extend these in many respects. A comprehensive survey of the field in which the problem lies and alternative approaches to the problem will precede detailed work on a solution.

The research problem might:

  • Require the design of equipment to carry out some specific task
  • Be experimental in the sense that it necessitates investigating phenomena or the behaviour of complex equipment
  • Require the computer analysis and simulation of an engineering system
  • Require a software solution
  • Involve elements of all four of the preceding activities

In each case, the proposed solution to the research problem should be thoroughly tested and evaluated to determine its adequacy. The assessments (a provisional report, final report, public seminar and a demonstration) will be on an individual basis throughout the research project.

More details about the projects can be found in the Part IV Research Project Handbook.

Project topics

Project topics for students to work on as their Part IV research project, are usually proposed by staff members as well as industry collaborators. These topics will be in areas of interest to staff members and their industry collaborators. In some cases, students also propose their own topic that they wish to pursue as their Part IV research project.

Only unallocated projects are available for preference submission.

Projects system

The online Part IV project system manages all aspects of project administration, including submission of your project preferences, project allocation right through to marking, organisation of seminars and displays, and submission of your final report.

Resources and consumables

Each project group will be allocated a technician in charge as well as space in a specialised research laboratory with instrumentation required for their project. Electronic components and development kits required for the project can be obtained from the ECE store, which stocks some of the commonly used items.

However, many projects will require the purchase of components from external sources, and it is important to follow the steps outlined in purchasing policy and procedures to ensure that orders are placed correctly using the purchase order form.

For industry

Industry professionals can choose to engage with us as project sponsors or judges.

Past projects


If you have any queries relating to part IV research projects or industry involvement, please contact the Part IV coordination team: