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Course Overview

Under the supervision of an academic you conduct independent research and produce a thesis in the form of a peer-reviewed manuscript.

This 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. 

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 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 80 credits (40 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Baird
  • Dr Sally Martin

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Course Description

An independent research project.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Written thesis (100%); the thesis will take the form of a peer reviewed research paper and should be approximately 6,000 words.

Formative Assessment

Students will get informal feedback from project supervisor during meetings and through feedback on project proposals. In addition, students will get written feedback on a draft of their project prior to submission.


After submission of the writtten thesis, students will receive verbal and written formative feedback, with a summary of strengths and weaknesses, along with the mark. Students will also be required to present their research in a viva.

Course Learning Outcomes


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