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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD5071M Research Project

60 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Matteo Castronovo

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Year 3 of MSci, BSc Food Science, and (Industrial) or MSci, BSc Food Science and Nutrition, and (Industrial) or MSci, BSc Nutrition, and (Industrial)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module enables students to carry out a research project within a subject specialism within the School.


The application of fundamental scientific principles to solve problems in food and nutrition research.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have:
1- completed a laboratory research project or a computer based research project or a survey based project;
2- gained experience in the collation, analysis and presentation of scientific data, including the use of computer packages;
3- prepared and submitted a research paper, in a scientifically acceptable format;
4- developed skills in the appropriate and selective use of library resources, including computer based search tools including online databases such as ISI Web of knowledge, Medline and PubMed;
5- the competence to read critically a scientific paper and to identify the key features of the study;
6- the competence to interpret data presented in scientific papers and to assess them critically in order to draw appropriate conclusions;
7- gained an understanding of a broad range of subject areas in food science, food chemistry or in nutrition.


The application of fundamental scientific principles to solve problems in food or nutrition research. Students will be given a choice of research topics relevant to the research activity of the School and, in some cases, suggested by industrial companies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours596.00
Total Contact hours4.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Library-based literature review and supervised laboratory-based individual experimental research project followed by data analysis, written research paper and presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will be provided during training and tutorials with supervisor as well as in the laboratory, but it may also come from other laboratory personnel including laboratory technicians, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Project design and protocol preparation will be discussed within meetings and tutorials with supervisor, data analysis, presentation and report will also receive feedback from the supervisor before submission.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject report60.00
Literature ReviewMini-literature review, including a brief presentation on the research topic and the main goal of the project10.00
Oral PresentationPresentation of the research project, methods, results and future outlook15.00
PracticalIn-course assessment of research work15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00


Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:55:42


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