Research Project

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
19 October 2023


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 Sport Coaching Practice,
MSC C60724 Sport Coaching Practice,
MSC C6S612 Strength and Conditioning,
MSC C6S624 Strength and Conditioning

Module description

The research project module is an opportunity for you to carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic relating to your degree specialisation. It will help develop your skills in reviewing synthesising and critically appraising academic literature. You will also be expected to design, analyse and interpret data and present findings in a scientific paper format

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. Further, it will develop critical awareness of the current state of research on a selected topic.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will 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 and/or using datasets.
3. Demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data.
4. Critically appraise research papers.
5. Demonstrate the ability to write a report and development of a range of skills including information acquisition, self-learning, reviewing literature and presentation of scientific results.
6. Develop a career action plan.

Module information

No additional information available.

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.


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   Career Action Plan    5% 
Coursework   Written Research Project     65% 
Coursework   Viva/Presentation Slides    30% 

Additional coursework information

This module is assessed via 100 per cent Coursework Mark (PGT Dissertation) The research project is the largest piece of work that you will complete during your Masters degree. It is an independent original research study supervised by an academic staff member. This will be written up as a scientific paper, targeting a journal appropriate for the research area (word count will be determined by the targeted journal appropriate for your subject area). In addition to this you will be required to deliver a presentation and viva (oral examination) about your research (20 min presentation about your research project followed by a 40 min defence of your work). 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 and the proposal, you are responsible for the design, planning and implementation of your research project. Subject matter must be approved by your allocated supervisor. How do I obtain a project supervisor? All potential project supervisors will initially pitch their project proposals in video format in week 2, which students can access via Moodle. Students will be then given the opportunity to discuss the research ideas with potential project supervisors in week 3 (in person). After this process, students will submit their top 3 preferences to the module lead by the end of week 4 and be allocated a supervisor in week 5. This will then enable students to attend a research project meeting in week 7 with their respected supervisor to discuss the project in more detail.

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
Mr Luke Olsson, email:
Project supervisor allocated from SRES teaching staff.
SRES School Office; e-mail sres (non-Essex users should add



External examiner

Prof Paul Potrac
Northumbria University
Dr Andrew John Manley
Leeds Beckett University
Head of Subject (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)
Dr Philip Daniel Brian Price
St Mary's University
Senior Lecturer
Dr Thomas Ian Gee
University of Lincoln
Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning
Available via Moodle
Of 4 hours, 1 (25%) hours available to students:
3 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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