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MSc Research Project - BIO00054M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Peter Mayhew
  • Credit value: 90 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aim of the module is to give a student advanced training in research techniques through an extended research project. The module will give a student an opportunity to work independently within a supported academic environment in order to carry out a piece of original research. The project aims to train a student in the planning a project, gathering the necessary information from a variety of sources, analysing and interpreting the available data and presenting this in a coherent and creative manner.The ability to produce professional research reports

Module learning outcomes

Subject Content:

  • Knowledge and understanding of specific techniques used in the biosciences.
  • Knowledge, understanding and practical experiences of appropriate analytical methods, which will depend on the precise subject matter of the project.

Academic and Graduate Skills

  • The ability to produce professional research reports
  • To be able to communicate the relevance of a research project and the scientific findings to both specialised and non-specialised audiences through written and oral presentations
  • The ability to work independently and interact successfully with wider research teams
  • Demonstrate organisational skills gained through planning and implementing the project
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop a coherent plan to tackle a complex problem
  • Apply existing and develop new analytical (quantitative) skills to deal with data
  • Substantiate further experience in both decision-making and problem solving


Task Length % of module mark
6000 word report
N/A 70
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral presentation
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
6000 word report
N/A 70
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral presentation
N/A 30

Module feedback

Arrangements for feedback will be made clear at the start of the module.

Indicative reading

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