MSci Developmental Biology

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
MSci Project Literature Review and Research Proposal

Course unit fact file
Unit code BIOL33000
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit will provide students with the scientific knoweldge and the critical reading, writing and experimental design skills that will underpin their final year project. Students will be informed of their MSci project supervisor(allocated in consultation and their Programme Directors) at the start of the year. Students will first write a Literature Review in Semester 5, followed by a Research Proposal in Semester 6. The Literature Review and Research Proposal are each worth 50% of the unit mark. At the start of each semester students will attend plenary sessions that provide guidance on writing the Literature Review and Research Proposal, critical reading of the primary literature, evaluate experimental approaches and design experiements to test a hypothesis. During the remainder of each semester, students will work with their supervisor to indentify a research topic/question that will form the basis of their final year project, to write a review of the relevant literature (Literature Review), and develop a proposal for their final year research project (the Research Proposal).