Life Science Bioscience Third Year Research Project (C7162)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The overall aim of this module is to allow you to choose a scientific or clinical topic, develop the capacity to survey the scientific literature, critically appraise scientific papers, and produce an authoritative literature review. You should demonstrate critical appraisal skills necessary to assess the relevance and trustworthiness of published articles; an understanding of scientific techniques, the conduct of research, to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of various techniques, and evaluate the relative importance of scientific and clinical findings. Writing the literature review will afford the opportunity to advance different and sometimes conflicting arguments, and to propose new avenues for research into the topic.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 8 hours of contact time and about 292 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: