Researching STEM (899S5)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module aims to develop the skills and understanding required for explaining scientific concepts to a range of audiences, with a particular focus on school aged pupils (11-18).

The module will involve time in an educational institution, where you’ll carry out a minor research project based on an aspect of science communication.

You will consider an area related to communicating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and carry out literature-based research. You’ll then design and undertake a small research project. This is likely to be based on a small number of class observations in a chosen school.



100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: