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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This 10 week research project will give the student experience in advanced laboratory or literature research techniques.
Wider transferrable skills which will enhance employability are

  • time-management skills;
  • the ability to design and plan research strategy;
  • the ability to critically assess the work of others;
  • skills in data analysis and interpretation;
  • the ability to maintain accurate, detailed, up-to-date records of work;
  • the ability to write a clear account of the aims of the work, what was achieved and its significance;
  • the ability to present the major findings of the project orally to a general audience

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Barrow

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • MB4050 Honours Advanced Molecular Biology (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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

Course Aims: The aim of this course is to enable students to develop practical research expertise by undertaking an independent research project. This can take the form of a laboratory research project, a literature research project, or a bioinformatics-type project. Students will enhance their presentation skills by presenting data produced during the project, and writing a thesis. Main Learning Outcomes: This course will enhance subject-specific knowledge of students, and analytical and presentation skills. In addition, students undertaking a laboratory-based project will enhance their practical skills. Students undertaking a literature-based or bioinformatics project will enhance their data processing skills. Content: This course is an independent 10-week research project.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology)
  • MSci Genetics (Immunology) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • Msci In Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness) With Ip
  • Non-Graduating Student in Science Iss

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Continuous assessment consisting of laboratory work (25%); 5000 word Honours Thesis (50%) and Thesis Defence (25%). Resit: Resubmission of thesis.

Formative Assessment

Discussion of thesis structure with tutor and project supervisor. Practice oral presentations.



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