Professional Skills in Tropical Marine Biology

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 26 March 2021
05 May 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C16112 Tropical Marine Biology,
MPHDC16148 Tropical Marine Biology,
MPHDC16184 Tropical Marine Biology,
PHD C16148 Tropical Marine Biology,
PHD C16184 Tropical Marine Biology

Module description

Transferrable professional skills are the most valuable assets of your postgraduate education. The ability to critically analyse, integrate and communicate in a multidisciplinary research environment provides the foundation for your successful career in environmental sciences. In the future funding landscape it will be important that you are able to work inter-disciplinarily across natural and social sciences and the ability to explain your science to policy makers and funding agencies holds the key to a successful career as a future researcher.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to equip you with an array of professional skills from utilising modern learning environments to building a portfolio of professional skills that assist with finding employment along various career paths after postgraduate education. A combination of seminars and workshops is provided to include CV and application clinics, facilitate expedition planning, and introduce health-and safety aspects of practical work.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the issues involved in designing and executing a research programme, within the specific context of field-based, laboratory-based and desk-based research.
2. Formulate appropriate research questions, and test scientific and statistical hypotheses.
3. Articulate and communicate research findings in various formats to varying audiences.
4. Take a critical approach to personal development planning for their career in the context of the graduate labour market.
5. Recognise personal and professional skills that will enhance employability, and research opportunities for skills development available to them during their university career.
6. Demonstrate competence in job application skills, including CV and cover letter writing and the interview process.

Employability and Transferable Skills:

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Module information

The School has a policy which ensures all lecturers opt-in to making lectures available via Listen Again. Therefore, in teaching rooms where the facility is available, lectures will be recorded via this service.

Learning and teaching methods

30 hours of lectures, practicals and seminars



Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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