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BIOL6053 Current Research

Module Overview

This module is centred around existing seminar series within CfBS and other Academic Units. It exposes the students to current research and aims to enforce critical thinking.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about current research in the format used by academics: seminars/conferences and discussions. Students will be expected to attend and engage in a series of scientific seminars by speakers external and internal to the University of Southampton. Students will be exposed to current research, much of which may not yet be published and therefore open to discussion. In the context of this module, students will also develop the skills required for summarising research in written form to a variety of target audiences, from scientific peers to the general public.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate research seminars with reference to reviews and research articles
  • Communicate ideas effectively and professionally by written means, to both the scientific community and the general public
  • Synthesise key research findings, drawing on seminar content as well as the relevant literature


The exact content will vary between the different integrated Masters programmes, and will also vary from year to year, depending on invited speakers. It is anticipated that students will attend research seminars given by current researchers (postgraduate, postdoctoral and academics) from the University of Southampton, as well as external speakers.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students attend 20 research seminars throughout the academic year. Students will submit 500 word summaries of 3 attended seminars in semester 1 (1 summary aimed at the scientific community, 1 for a popular science magazine, and 1 aimed at the general public). Feedback to these will provide formative assessment for the various methods of summative assessment: further summaries, two 1000-word in-depth reports, each based on a single seminar of choice, and one 2000-word synthesis, drawing from several seminars.

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (1000 words) 25%
Research synthesis  (2000 words) 50%
Summaries of research seminars 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 25%
Research synthesis 50%
Summaries of research seminars 25%
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