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Course Overview

This 12 week, independent research project develops your skills in scientific inquiry and critical analysis, as well as useful generic skills, including time management.

Projects are field-, lab- and/or desk-based, developed on a topic of your interest under the direction of a supervisor. 

Training in the skills needed to perform your project is provided by world-leading researchers and their teams.

Workshops and drop-in sessions provide training in data analysing and thesis production.

This skill set will be useful both for future careers and further study in the field of biological science or other careers making use of these generic skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 45 credits (22.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alan Bowman
  • Professor David Robinson

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Course Description

An independent research project is supervised by a member of staff. The project is carried out over 12 weeks during the first half-session. This is an independent piece of work although meetings with supervisors are expected to be held regularly during the project development, implementation and write-up. The candidate is required to submit a written thesis and deliver a short oral presentation on the results of the work.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Written thesis max 12,000 words and oral presentation (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students will get informal verbal feedback fromproject supervisor regularly. In addition, students will get written feedback on a draft of their project prior to submission.



Course Learning Outcomes


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