Research Project - Health Genomics

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Tuesday 22 April 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
15 May 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

Your Research Project is the largest piece of work that you will complete during the course and contributes 60 credits (25%) of your final marks. You should find this to be both stimulating and of particular importance for your future career, because it will provide you with the opportunity to analyse a system in some depth and perform a coherent set of experiments allowing you to further develop your skills in experimental design, problem solving and the analysis and interpretation of data.

The Project Report will enable you to demonstrate your presentation and communication skills. The weighting of the project means that it is vital that you perform well in this aspect of your studies and that you are diligent in your reading, practical work and the preparation of your report, and oral and poster presentations. An alternative work-based learning project may also be available. This would include an 8 – 10 week placement. Work-based projects will be shared with students if available. These are not guaranteed and will vary according to the research needs of the placement provider. Students interested in these projects will need to participate in a selection process. Students are also able to identify their own work-based projects. These would need to be approved by the Academic Supervisor/Course Director and Faculty Placements Team before the placement can start.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To equip you with research skills and research methods that are fundamental for computational genomics research.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate training and experience in the formulation of research ideas and in designing a research project.

  2. Demonstrate practical expertise in laboratory, field work and/or bioinformatic techniques relevant to research area.

  3. Demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to write a report in scientific paper format and development of a range of skills including information acquisition and self-learning.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

10 Week Laboratory Project & 2 Weeks preparation for a Conference.

An alternative work-based learning project may also be available. This would include an 8 – 10 week placement.


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Dr Jess Tyrrell
University of Exeter
Senior lecturer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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