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BMSC3301 Research Project in Biomedical Sciences

40 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr David Lewis

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry into Level 3 of an undergraduate degree programme taken within the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

BMSC2226 or BMSC2227 or BMSC2228 or BMSC2229 or equivalent Level 2 techniques module within the Faculty of Biological Sciences.


BMSC2226Experimental Skills in Pharmacology
BMSC2227Experimental Skills in Neuroscience
BMSC2228Experimental Skills in Physiology
BMSC2229Experimental Skills in Medical Sciences

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOC3160Lab/Lit/Comp Research Project
MICR3080Microbiology Research Project
MICR3110Medical Micro Research Project
SPSC3061Res Proj in Sport & Ex Sci II

Module replaces

BMSC3303 Literature project in Biomedical Sciences

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should have:
- acquired an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a research topic in the Biomedical Sciences;
- gained experience in the collation, critical analysis, interpretation and presentation of scientific data;
- practised basic laboratory skills and acquired new laboratory skills or acquired skills associated with the design and interpretation of surveys or acquired skills associated with the design and delivery of educational or science and society activities or practiced skills associated with the critical analysis of the literature or acquired skills associated with the writing of grant applications;
- developed skills in the appropriate and selective use of library and other resources;
- expanded their ability to produce a written report on an investigation in the style of a scientific paper;
- improved their skills in preparing and delivering a scientific oral communication;
- improved their time management and organisational skills;
- improved their interpersonal skills.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have:
- acquired an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a research topic in the Biomedical Sciences;
- acquired knowledge and understanding of appropriate methods of communicating science to different target audiences.


Students will design and undertake a research project in an area of Biomedical Sciences; this project may take the form of a laboratory, survey, educational development, science and society or critical analysis project. The title and area of research will be decided by the supervisor. The supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the work in an advisory capacity, but the students will be expected to plan, execute and interpret their own work.

There are no lectures on this module. Students, in consultation with their supervisors and subject to equipment or other constraints, will be responsible for their own timetable.

At the end of the project, students will produce a report in the form of a scientific paper. They will also deliver an assessed oral communication on the topic of their project and be able to answer questions on it. Students undertaking critical analysis projects will also undertake an extension exercise which could include writing a grant application or developing a science and society activity.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning0100.00100.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours320.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Students should note that the following information is for guidance only. The actual time required for the various elements will vary between students.

Private study will include planning and implementation, analysis, and report writing up to 80 hours.

In addition, students undertaking Science and Society or Educational Development projects will be required to develop and deliver these activities to appropriate audiences and evaluate the outcomes.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have weekly individual tutorials with their supervisors, with records of these meeting kept. They will have the option of submitting a draft copy of their dissertation to their supervisor and for their supervisor to listen to a rehearsal of their oral presentation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentLaboratory and non-traditional projects: Process (20%), Oral presentation (10%) and Written report (70%) OR Critical Review Projects: Process (10%), Oral presentation (10%), Written report (60%) and Grant proposal (20%)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/11/2019


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