Independent Research Project: Practical (Q3264)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module enables you to develop an advanced and in-depth research project independently and to define a subject, topic or area of your own choice for practical exploration. The work you undertake should expand and deepen an area they have become interested in as a result of degree work already completed. There are two modes of research at this level: through practical or academic enquiry, that is, through the creation of a substantial practical presentation of (up to 20-30 minutes long, individually, in pairs or in groups dependent on student cohort and preference) or through an extended dissertation (6,000-7,000 words). This module offers the practical route. If you are engaged in this work will be allocated a technical role in each other's projects.

All the work undertaken on the module is supervised by an appropriate tutor (ie with relevant expertise in the identified area). The first six weeks of the module are engaged with developing a research topic and plan in collaboration with the peer group and supervisor at the end of which you will submit a proposed 200-word abstract for the project and an appropriate bibliography/set of resources. In week seven you will give a presentation to the group outlining the independent research project. All practical work will be scheduled to be performed during weeks 11 and 12 and will be accompanied by an oral examination about the process and the critical concerns encountered in making and delivering the work.


33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Oral examination, Practical assessment)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 9 hours of contact time and about 291 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: