Research Project: MSc Tropical Marine Biology

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2017
Wednesday 03 October 2018
04 June 2007


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C16112 Tropical Marine Biology

Module description

Research skills and research methods represent an important element of postgraduate training in Tropical Marine Biology. In addition, students need to acquire training and competence in writing scientific reports and in critical evaluation of data in the light of published information. Supervisors will assist with finding a suitable research project but the choice of project is the student's responsibility. Before commencement of the research project, students undertake detailed research of the relevant scientific literature and prepare a project proposal (10% of the project mark). For the research project itself, students are provided with appropriate training relevant to their individual project. During the latter stages of the project, students compile a detailed report (in scientific paper format), including a literature review (90% of project mark).

An alternative work-based learning project may also be available. This would include an 8 – 12 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 be 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 and Faculty Placements Team before the placement can start.

Learning Outcomes:
To pass this module students will need to be able to:
1. demonstrate a theoretical and/or applied knowledge of cutting edge approaches to key aspects of tropical marine biology and ecology (e.g. zoology, primary productivity, mariculture and fisheries, microbiology); and/or of applied marine biology (e.g. management, conservation and biotechnology);
2. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of marine science (irrespective of disciplinary background), and be able to integrate cross-disciplinary analyses of related issues;
3. demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation of relevant literature;
4. have developed a key range of skills including information acquisition from web-based and library sources, self-learning, writing of a literature review.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

No information available.

Module information

As directed by project supervisor.

Learning and teaching methods

20-week research project. Contact with project supervisor; students will work independently with further guidance and assistance as and when required.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework PROJECT PLAN 27/04/2018 10%
Coursework PROJECT REPORT 12/09/2018 90%
Coursework Project References and Appendices 12/09/2018

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Project supervisors
School Graduate Office, email: bsgradtaught (Non essex users should add to create a full email address)



External examiner

Prof Charles Sheppard
The University of Warwick
Available via Moodle
Of 3 hours, 3 (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
Life Sciences (School of)

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