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BSc Research Project in Natural Sciences with Specialisation in Biology - BIO00083H

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Pen Holland
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module consists of an interdisciplinary research project in key aspects of Biology. This project may take place in a research lab, in a teaching laboratory or in a non-lab-based setting. Importantly, the student will experience a blend of many of the most important skills needed to conduct interdisciplinary research work.

Module learning outcomes

  • Undertake an interdisciplinary research project, culminating in the production of a dissertation thesis and oral presentation to a lay audience. The project will test the student’s organisational skills, initiative, practical skills and bring together key elements of their understanding of the subject specialism.

  • Develop skills of project writing.

  • Develop presentation skills.

  • Develop an interdisciplinary and synoptic understanding of your subject specialism and related areas.

Module content

Students will be allocated/have the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary BSc project taking their subject specialism and preferences into account. This individual research project will involve working in a research group and/or independently on a topic devised by you and your supervisor.

Primary and/or secondary data can be used for the purposes of the research project. In week 1 of the Summer term, students present their research orally to their peers and two academic staff for 15 min followed by 10 min of answering questions from the audience. Students write a project report with a submission deadline of Mon week 3 Summer term.

Project reports should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words (excluding abstract, figure legends & references). The limit for the abstract is 250 words. Projects longer than 6,000 words will be penalised 1 mark for every 200 extra words. The word counts should be clearly stated at the end of the abstract and the project.


Task Length % of module mark
Research Project Report
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 10

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Research Project Report
N/A 90

Module feedback

BSc research project supervisors provide regular feedback on project progress throughout the academic year.

Informal verbal feedback on the project will be provided by the panel present during the oral presentation.

Indicative reading

Will depend on the project being carried out – research literature.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.