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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 Full Year Credit Points 75 credits (37.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Baird
  • Professor Samuel Martin

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • MSci Biological Sciences (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI5001 Current Concepts in Biosciences: Theory, Resources and Research (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

An independent research project.

Associated Costs

No additional costs

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: Written thesis (100%); the thesis will take the form of a peer reviewed research paper and can be up to 6,000 words.

Formative Assessment

Students will get informal feedback from project supervisor during meetings and from course coordinators on an ad hoc basis. In addition, students will get written feedback from supervisors on a draft of their project prior to submission.


After submission of the written 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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