As part of year one of the Integrated PhD programme, all students will undertake three short research projects (10-12 weeks each) in different laboratories. This offers students the opportunity to develop a broad range of laboratory skills and to develop a well-rounded understanding of their chosen field of study. Students will be offered as much choice as possible for each of the three projects, with information on project availability being provided by the pathway leads. Students will be encouraged to develop a wide range of skills that will support them for their research in years 2-4 of the programme.
Each student will have a clearly identified supervisor who will provide guidance and support in both the practical and theoretical elements of the project. Students will need to utilise appropriate research techniques to address a clear research question. In addition, students will be expected to develop a good understanding of the published literature within the field of study.
Assessment of the project will be through a written research report of 5000 words