Research Foundations (828C1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module requires you to carry out the foundations for a research project on a specialised topic in the area of your degree.

It will involve a project-specific mix of:

  • training in practical skills
  • the consideration of ethical aspects
  • potential impacts and the risks to health and safety associated with the planned research
  • the generation of hypotheses and the production of initial data.

Records of training, experiments and practical work will be recorded in a laboratory book together with a reflective commentary to form a record of the research journey. 


83%: Practical (Workshop)
17%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 260 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.