Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 7 60 (30) Peter Ellis checkmark-circle


Students will undertake an independent research project that will be designed by the student, in consultation with an academic supervisor, to address specific research questions. Students will be trained in key techniques relating to the project, and will work independently under the supervisor's guidance to design and execute experiments that will address the questions formulated earlier. The students will spend approximately 14 weeks in the laboratory and with then write up their findings in the style of a scientific report for publication in a high impact factor scientific journal. They will present a poster and an oral presentation in research symposia arranged by the School.


Contact hours

The students will be supervised by a member of academic staff who, in liaison with other group members, will offer day-to-day supervision, advice on project progression and technical guidance. Students will be working full time in the laboratory for approximately 14 weeks; this time will involve a combination of laboratory work, reading and preparing the scientific report, and poster.

Method of assessment

Poster for research symposium (takes place mid-August, 20%)
6,000-word Project report (submitted early September, 80 %)
NB. A pass mark in the report is also a requirement for the successful completion of this module.

Indicative reading

Existing Templeman Library research journal provision will be sufficient for this module, with occasional Document Delivery service.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

a. How to design a project based around specific research questions and hypotheses
b. How appropriate technologies may be applied/adapted to address specific research questions and hypotheses
c. How to design and execute experiments to address specific research questions and hypotheses
d. How to record experimental procedures and data appropriately using good laboratory practice
e. How to write research articles in an appropriate, concise, informative and lucid style in keeping with high impact factor scientific journals


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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