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BSc Research Project


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Professor James Hammond
  • Assessment: a 15,000-word report (85%) and 10-minute presentation (15%)

Module description

In this module you will gain experience of independent work on a topic of interest within the School of Natural Sciences and prepare a scientific report. You will be expected to choose a topic in consultation with a supervisor, who will also give instructions regarding techniques and any laboratory work that is required for the project. Most of the work will be done independently. If thin sections or laboratory analyses are necessary, these will be done after consultation with your supervisor. You may be required to pay for the cost of other materials used in the project.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the basic tenets of the particular subject for the project
  • demonstrate hypotheses and test skills through analysis of the data obtained for your project, theoretical understanding of relevant concepts, critically assessed results and outcomes, and experience of real situations during the project work
  • collect and analyse data relevant to the subject related to your project using a variety of research techniques
  • critically assess the quality of the scientific method, data, results, conclusions and implications of relevant studies.