Research Project in Biomedical Science

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
17 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B990 Biomedical Science,
BSC B991 Applied Biomedical Science (NHS placement),
BSC B995 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B999 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC BD00 Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIB099 Biomedical Science,
MSCIBA99 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIBB99 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This final year research project module is an opportunity for students to carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic relating to their degree specialisation.

You will use the skills developed in the module to identify, with your supervisor, a suitable question and then design an experimental approach to obtain data addressing this question. Your analysis and presentation of these data in a suitable scientific paper format report forms the main assessed component of this module. The second major component involves researching, understanding and writing critically about the scientific literature relating to your project work.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic relating to your degree specialisation.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Develop a project plan, including the experimental, analytical and statistical methods to be used.

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the health and safety and ethical issues related to scientific research and undertake appropriate risk and ethics assessments.

  3. Maintain an accurate and up to date record of all project work and data collection.

  4. Demonstrate responsibility for personal time management and progress and for any necessary amendments to the project plan.

  5. Reflect on the conduct and outcome of the project.

  6. Research the scientific literature relating to their Research Project area and present this information as an extended introduction to their project report.

  7. Carry out a research project and obtain sufficient data of good quality using appropriate experimental, analytical and statistical methods.

  8. Analyse and interpret scientific data.

  9. Communicate the outcomes of research effectively in a written report in scientific paper format.

  10. Describe and critically evaluate data from research articles.

  11. Refer appropriately to published work and be competent in the use of bibliographic software (EndNote).

  12. Communicate effectively by an oral presentation of project work.

  13. Address scientific questions on the background, methods, data and future direction from expert assessors.

  14. Update CV, write a job application cover letter, plan and perform in a mock interview scenario.

Module information

Students will also be assessed on the skills that they develop in carrying out their project. You will be assessed on your oral project presentation skills and response to questions. The planning and management of your project work, a reflection on your progress, and your employability skills (based on an updated CV and action plan) will also be assessed.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Four research project seminars.
  • Contact with project supervisor.
  • Presentation opportunity with formative feedback provided.

Students will work independently with further guidance and assistance as and when required.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Practical Skills & Organisation (Continually Assessed)    10% 
Coursework   Project Plan     5% 
Coursework   Employability Skills     5% 
Coursework   Project Report SPF    60% 
Coursework   Project Oral Presentation    20% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Paul Dobbin, email:
All academic staff supervising BS831 Research Projects as allocated by the School
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)


Travel costs for approved work placements and live projects for this module may be covered wholly or partly at the discretion of the department. Please check with your module supervisor for details.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 760 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
760 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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