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Research Proposal - BIO00065M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Dani Ungar
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

In this module students will learn about different aspects of the research process. Students will work in small groups under the guidance of an academic mentor to develop an innovative research idea into a short grant proposal.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

The module aims to enable students to learn about, reflect upon and then implement key elements of the research process, including: selecting a research area; formulating research questions, hypotheses and objectives; designing experiments, data collection and analysis. These skills will be acquired through complementary activities:

  • Attending departmental bioscience research seminars delivered by invited speakers, which take place in term time throughout the year.

  • Reflecting on the research process presented in seminars and writing a scientific abstract of a research study.

  • Working in a group to develop a research grant proposal that addresses a global challenge of interest to the students.

Module learning outcomes

Students will have a comprehensive and critical understanding of:

  • A range of scientific studies presented by invited seminar speakers.

Academic and graduate skills

Students will be able to:

  • Reflect upon and communicate a research study via a written abstract.

  • Work effectively within a small group to create an interdisciplinary research proposal.


Task Length % of module mark
Group grant proposal
N/A 80
Research seminar abstract
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Group grant proposal
N/A 80
Research seminar abstract
N/A 20

Module feedback

Marks for all summative assessments will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Feedback will be either individual or cohort-level, depending on the assessment format. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

For exam-style summative assessment, model answers will be provided for all questions along with cohort-level feedback indicating how students answered questions in general. Marks achieved per question will be added to your script.

For coursework assessments (eg. reports or essays) you will receive individual feedback on your work. This will usually be in the form of a feedback sheet that will include suggestions for further improvement.

During the teaching of the module you will receive formative feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Such feedback may include: model answers and discussion of workshop questions, summaries of performance in practicals, VLE-based quizzes, individual spoken comments during workshops, individual written comments on formative work.

Indicative reading


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