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.


45%: Practical (Project)
55%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Dissertation, Presentation)

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.

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 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: