SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMB123371
Module Leader Sadie Gow
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

At least a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a biomedical or biological science discipline. Co-Requisite Knowledge Research Methodology And Project Design MMB126400.

Summary of Content

The project is an extended practical laboratory-based research assignment or service development conducted by the student in an IBMS Approved training laboratory. The project will permit the student to study in depth, using sources from UK and international literature, an aspect of his/her specialist interest which has a particular professional relevance. The project is funded by the student's employer and must adhere to any ethical approval required. The topic of the project is negotiated by the student with university and employing laboratory staff with the aim of improving the biomedical laboratory service to patients. The student is responsible for organising the bench work and write-up of their project work to meet module deadlines within the constraints of their workplace and employment. The practical work is reported in the style of an MPhil thesis and students are required to demonstrate confidence and subject expertise at an oral exam.



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Conduct professional scientific research and experimentation in a safe manner.2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in a clinical laboratory topic.3. Plan and execute scientific experimentation in a safe manner taking responsibility for their own project work.4. Develop problem-solving skills to address analytical challenges.5. Apply appropriate statistical methodologies to their own laboratory-generated data.5. Present the study in the form of a scientific MPhil thesis.6. Defend their project in an oral exam conducted by two examiners with academic standing.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The Project is an independent piece of research or service development conducted by the student under the joint supervision of a University member of staff and a senior member of staff in the laboratory in which the experimentation is undertaken. In this module, the student will discuss problems and progress associated with the project development with both internal and external supervisors on an individual basis at mutually-convenient regular intervals. The student will be guided to resolve problems whenever they occur. The student will present draft reports to their university supervisor who will indicate presentational and other modifications, including scientific difficulties, required for the final report to conform to accepted scientific standards. The length of the project report should be 8,000 to 10,000 words plus figures. The layout should follow the recommendations given in the Module Handbook and use the Harvard Referencing system. Project reports must demonstrate individual analytical thought, creativity, problem recognition, problem solving and be fully referenced.

Indicative Reading

Berry, R. (2004): The Research Project: How To Write It, 5th Edition, Rutledge, London. Creme, P. and Lea, M.R. (2008): Writing at University: A Guide for Students, 3rd Edition, Open University Press, Maidenhead. DeBrun,C & Pearce-Smith, N, (2014) Searching Skills Toolkit. Oxford:BMJ Greenfield, T. (2016): Research Methods: Guidance for Postgraduates, 3 rd Ed,Wiley, London. Greenhalgh, T. (2019): How to Read a Paper: the Basics of Evidence Based Medicine. 6th Edition.Wiley-Blackwell/BMJ Books, London. Kumar, R. (2014): Research Methodology: A Step-by Step Guide for Beginners. 4th Edition, SAGE Publications Ltd, London. Murray, R. (2016): How to Write a Thesis, 4thEdition. Open University Press, Maidenhead. O'Leary, Z. (2017): The Essential Guide to Doing Research 3rd Edition. SAGE, London. Rose, J. (2012): The Mature Student's Guide to Writing, 3 rd Edition. Palgrave, Basingstoke. Walliman, N. (2011): Your Research Project: Designing and Planning Your Work. 3rd Edition. SAGE, London. -2582

Transferrable Skills

The student will develop problem-solving, critical thinking and critical appraisal skills. Written and oral communication skills. Time-management, liaison and organisational skills will be needed to carry out the practical work within their workplace. The student will use IT skills for analysis and presentation of their research, data and for information retrieval.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 550.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 15.00 45% Oral Examination
Course Work 03 n/a 10.00 45% External Laboratory Supervisor's Report
Course Work 01 n/a 75.00 45% Project Report