Each student undertakes an independent research investigation using, for example, a collection at a museum, or similar. The research includes both literature survey and practical components. The literature component will consist of a critical review of work relating to the proposed practical component of the project. The research work is related to the appropriate degree programme and will vary accordingly. Each student is assigned to an appropriate supervisor who will advise on and direct the project and the preparation of a written report. The aim of this module is to allow students to carry out an intensive research-based project on a special topic related to his/her main area of study, and to complete a literature survey on a topic related to this area of research, with an external scholarly institution.