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BIOL6089 Independent Research and Literature Project

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Produce a dissertation of about 5,000 words on an agreed research topic
  • Use library and other IT facilities to access scientific information
  • Assimilate information and synthesise scientific hypotheses
  • Produce scientific hypotheses and critically evaluate evidence in support of them


This module is designed for students who are taking the MRes Evolution: From the Galapagos to the 21st Century degree. After discussion with the module coordinators the student will select a topic and discuss a specific area of the topic with an appropriate member of staff who will then supervise the project. Students will be directed to appropriate lectures across modules, either attending, or on Panopto.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Independent study

Independent Study140
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal 10%
Scientific content 60%
Viva 10%
Written presentation 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Project 100%
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