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BI4015: GRANT PROPOSAL (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Under the supervision of an academic, you develop a research proposal suitable for submission to a funding organization.

The exercise of defining a researchable question, outlining the methodology, and writing an argument as to why the research should be funded provides excellent training for students interested in pursuing a career in science. 

During regular meetings with the course coordinators you develop your skills in record keeping, oral communication, and critical appraisal. 

From feedback on your draft proposal you will gain experience in refining a written argument and in presenting documents professionally.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor David Burslem
  • Professor Samuel Martin

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students will have an initial tutorial with the course coordinators outlining the requirements for a successful grant application.

Associated Costs

No additional costs

Further Information & Notes

As part of their requirement to fulfil honours year, MSci Biological Science students will write the grant proposal in place of producing an Honours review essay.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%), a short grant proposal (maximum 4,200 words) assessed on the quality of the proposal not on success in acquiring funding.
Resit: Resubmission of short grant proposal (maximum 4,200 words)(100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during meetings between student and course coordinator.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark; feedback will be provided as written comments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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