Research Project

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C60212 Sport and Exercise Science,
MSC C60224 Sport and Exercise Science,
MSC C60512 Sport and Exercise Psychology,
MSC C60524 Sport and Exercise Psychology,
MSC C60712 Coaching Science,
MSC C60724 Coaching Science

Module description

The research project is the largest piece of work that you will complete during your degree. There are two potential routes you can choose if you are on the MSc Sport and Exercise Science. One is the traditional research project and the other is an 8-12 week work based placement for the duration of the summer term. If you are on the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, you must opt for the Traditional Project and choose a Psychology focused topic/research question.

Traditional project: An independent original research study/report supervised by an academic staff member. You may work individually or as part of a team on a larger research project; this will largely depend upon your supervisor. In both cases, the material you submit for your research project must be your own original work. Although your supervisor will provide you with guidance, YOU are responsible for the design, planning and implementation of your research project.

Work based placement: These are not guaranteed and will vary according to the research needs of the placement provider. 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. Projects could be used to generate creative solutions to work based issues, providing an opportunity to create new ways of thinking about certain areas of work or professional practice.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to enable students to demonstrate that they can undertake a substantial piece of independent, practical research work, be it a traditional research paper format route or providing an employer report.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module students will need 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 and / or in the field.
3. Demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data.
4. Demonstrate the ability to write a report and development of a range of skills including information acquisition, self-learning, writing of a literature review, oral presentation of scientific results / critical reflection upon learning experiences work-based placement
5. Develop a career action plan.

Module information

In addition to the lectures/seminars in SE732:
1. Career action plan seminar led by employability centre – week 6

2. Work-based placement seminar led by Faculty Placement Team (FPT) covering Tier 4 immigration regulations related to working in sport – Week 16-17
3. Students will also attend a pre-placement briefing session with FPT and complete online (moodle) pre-placement training course – week 24-25.

4. Research project planning seminar (week 22-23). This seminar will include short presentations from academic staff about their research interests and potential projects.

5. Individual tutorials with supervisors (research and placement students) – bi-weekly

6. Student led group tutorials (research students only) – Week 34, 38, 42

Learning and teaching methods

This is a non-taught (student led) module so has fewer class contact hours than other modules. It provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent programme of self-directed study with support from a supervisor.


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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Career Action Plan    15% 
Coursework   Dissertation / Reflective learning portfolio     

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Matthew Taylor, email:
Dr. Jo Barton, Dr. Matt Taylor



External examiner

Dr Sandy Wolfson
Northumbria University
Principal Lecturer
Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 27 hours, 27 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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