Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
MRes Dissertation (A)
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Research Paper (dissertation 8,500 words)  90%
Semester Assessment MRes conference  (8 hours)  10%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Conduct an in-depth literature review.

2. Plan, execute and justify appropriate research methods.

3. Present and evaluate results obtained.

4. Produce a learned report of the investigation in the form of a research paper in the style of a relevant journal.

Brief description

This module allows students the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research under the supervision of an experienced researcher. After an introductory lecture, staff contact is maintained by means of individual one-to-one tutorials (supervisory meetings). The ultimate aspiration is for the student to make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in the biosciences.


An introductory session details the requirements of the dissertation and research conference. Tutorials with supervisor provide subject-specific guidance and planning of appropriate research work including analysis of data and preparation of assessments.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Collation, manipulation and analysis of data may be an integral part of the research conducted and the thesis presented.
Communication Students will be expected to develop advanced communication skills, in particular written communication, through the presentation of a research thesis in an appropriate academic style and in accordance with University guidelines.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students need to demonstrate good organizational skills in order to carry out their research work and ultimately produce a thesis in a timely and effective manner.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and where appropriate use software statistical packages to analysis their results.
Personal Development and Career planning It is intended that the techniques and skills developed during this module will have a direct application to student's future careers. Vocational skills, both within their subject specialism and more general transferable skills, will be developed to a high level.
Problem solving Students are required to design and implement an investigational protocol in order to address a specific research question.
Research skills Students are required to critically evaluate previous research work during the production of a Literature review and then collect, analyse and interpret their own research data.
Subject Specific Skills In depth technical knowledge of the dissertation subject area.
Team work Students may have the opportunity for developing their team skills if their dissertation work requires them to work within a research team. However the emphasis in this module is on independent research.


This module is at CQFW Level 7