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BIOL6068 MRes Advanced Biological Sciences Research Project

Module Overview

This module provides two-thirds of the content for the MRes in Advanced Biological Sciences programme. Each student undertakes an extensive research project which is laboratory and/or fieldwork based, depending on the specialisation chosen: • Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystem services • Biotechnology • Developmental Biology • Microbiology • Neuroscience • Molecular and Cellular Biosciences • Plant Biology Each student is assigned to an appropriate supervisor who will advise on and direct the project and the preparation of a written dissertation.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Plan and complete a research project within a fixed time period.
  • Produce a dissertation on an agreed research-based project;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific and technological principles underlying the chosen research specialisation;
  • Understanding how to design and test scientific hypotheses;
  • Address and develop strategies to resolve a research problem in the chosen specialist area;
  • Demonstrate skills in critical evaluation of primary and review scientific literature and the ability to develop this knowledge and understanding in relation to the chosen area of research;
  • Show experience in presenting scientific information;
  • Demonstrate ability to collect, record and critically evaluate data;
  • Have a knowledge of general IT methodology relating to the area to find relevant information


This contributes to the research-based component of the MRes in Advanced Biological Sciences. You will carry out an extensive laboratory-based project on a topic related to the specialised area. You will plan the project with the support of your academic research supervisor. Initially you will carry out a preliminary review of the literature in the area of research to help you plan the overall objectives and build on the current level of knowledge in the area of research. This will give you the opportunity of producing results that would be of a standard to publish in peer reviewed journals. You will present an overview containing these elements at an early stage to your project supervisor and then have regular contact throughout the remainder of the project. This will include providing a regular summary of research finding to the supervisor. A detailed plan of the final dissertation will be presented to the supervisor three quarters of the way through the project and feedback provided by the supervisor in how to structure the final dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Practical work and individual study

Independent Study1100
Project supervision100
Total study time1200



MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative 100%
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