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Research Project - BIO00071M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Peter Mayhew
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

In this module students will conduct an extended original piece of individual scientific research under the supervision of one or more research-active academic staff members. Students will critically analyse data and communicate their research findings to an academic audience via a written report that contextualises their findings and their significance. Projects may include lab or field work, and may be purely data analysis or computational/theoretical work.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Semester 2024-25

Module aims

The aim of the module is to give a student advanced training in research techniques through an extended research project. It will provide the student with an opportunity to work independently within a supported academic environment in order to carry out the original research. The project aims to train a student in executing a project, gathering the necessary information from a variety of sources, analysing and interpreting data and presenting this in a coherent and concise manner via a professional research report. Skills in creative problem solving and critical thinking will be developed.

Module learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:

Work effectively, safely and ethically on a research project

Demonstrate the ability to use techniques appropriate to research in the biosciences

Use appropriate methods to critically analyse results

Work independently and interact successfully with wider research teams

Communicate project background, aims, findings and significance through a written report

Present scientific data appropriately in written and graphical forms


Task Length % of module mark
University - project
Report : Project Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - project
Report : Project Report
N/A 100

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 coursework summative assessments (eg. reports, essays, presentations) 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, individual spoken comments during workshops, peer feedback and individual written comments on formative work.

Indicative reading

These are available through the VLE module site.

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