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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BIOL5294M MSc Bioscience Research Project Proposal

5 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Professor Eric Blair

Taught: 1 May to 31 July, Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL5291MShort Bioscience or Lit Proj

Module replaces

Part of module BIOL5292M

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims to provide training in planning a programme of research and preparing a complete research proposal in the form of a grant proposal Case for Support.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have:
- completed and gained experience in grant proposal writing and project planning;
- received training in health and safety aspects of the research project;
- successfully completed a series of practical competency tests;
- demonstrated an awareness of working safely in the laboratory.


Students will outline the work they will undertake during the course of their research project in the form of a full research proposal. This should demonstrate that they have an understanding of the background literature, recognition of the problem they are addressing, and sets out their detailed experimental plans. In addition, students will receive training in the health and safety aspects of laboratory work. Students will also complete a series of practical activities to demonstrate competency in the laboratory. This will include activities such as preparing solutions, using pH meters, using balances and centrifuges, pouring gels, loading gels, staining and photographing gels, conducting enzyme assays, streaking plates, identifying appropriate controls, interpreting the data generated and safe disposal of materials.

There will be regular meetings with the project supervisor, who will assist students in defining the research problem, provide guidance on experimental design and help establish a timetable for the work students plan to carry out.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings31.003.00
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Reading and preparation of research proposal and for practical competency test.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formal meetings with project supervisor. Performance in practical competency tests.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentProject Proposal100.00
Practicalcompetency tests0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The practical competency tests must be passed (PFP). The module is pass for progression onto BIOL5292M Research project module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:19:37


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