MSC Research Project - PS780

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Summer 7 60 (30) PROF M Went checkmark-circle


Students will undertake a project from an available project listing and will work under the guidance of a supervisor. The student will be encouraged to develop some level of research independence within the project remit appropriate of a postgraduate master’s student.

The project will be assessed on a number of criteria which will include the project work (the amount, quality etc appropriate for the level), effort put in by the student, the preparation of a written report and an oral presentation session. The student’s progress will be assessed mid way through the research project through some form of progress report. This will also involve some degree of forward planning such that the students assess their own project requirements for the following term allowing the student to learn time management and forward planning skills.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

  • Supervisor meetings 7 hours (~1 hour every 2 weeks)
  • Laboratory work 252 hours (14 week x 3 days/week)
  • Presentation 2 hours

    This module is expected to occupy 600 total study hours including the contact hours.

    Method of assessment

    This module is assessed by 100% coursework. Progress Report (10%), Presentation (20%), Supervisors mark (20%), Dissertation (50%)

    Indicative reading

    The Templeman Library has extensive holdings of recently published texts and journals relevant to this module.

    Examples include:

  • Journal of Forensic Sciences [0022-1198]

  • Forensic Science International [0379-0738]

  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society [0015-7368]

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    Learning outcomes

    To build on the research independence gained in PS720 (Advanced Forensic Science Laboratory) which is taken in the Autumn and Spring terms.

  • To establish advanced research skills at postgraduate level.

  • The capacity to undertake advanced scientific investigations, advanced problem solving and data analysis in a research environment.

  • Ability to communicate scientific ideas through presentations and written reports.

  • Time management and forward planning skills.


    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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