Professional/Short course Research Dissertation Project

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Applied Sciences
Frenchay Campus
Course Director
Dr Ben de Lacy Costello

30 credit level 6 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


The Research Dissertation Project module is the compulsory final year research project for students on the following programmes:

  • BSc/MSci Biological Sciences
  • BSc/MSci Environmental Science
  • BSc/MSci Biomedical Science
  • BSc/MSci Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science
  • BSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation

This level 6 project module aims to develop skills and knowledge in contemporary scientific research.

On successful completion of this module, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Independently investigate a scientific problem and develop an evolving strategy which has the potential to gain further understanding within their field of research.
  • Demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation and synthesis of the scientific research literature.
  • Critically evaluate findings and or results as unique contributions in the context of previous relevant research.
  • Communicate research to peer and lay audiences in both written and oral formats.
  • Evidence project ownership and management skills e.g. planning, organisation, engagement with research governance and effort and initiative.

Entry requirements

  • Applied Scientific Practice 2022-23
  • Environmental and Field Techniques 2022-23
  • Molecular Cell Biology 2022-23
  • Research Skills 2022-23

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • BSc/MSci Biological Sciences
  • BSc/MSci Environmental Science
  • BSc/MSci Biomedical Science
  • BSc/MSci Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science
  • BSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation



This is a research project module and does not have a formal syllabus. You will undertake independent research under the guidance of an academic member of staff.

Learning and Teaching

Supervision is tailored to the individual needs of the project and the project student. Contact time may take several forms which are appropriate to the individual project. This will include project progress meetings and may include induction sessions or training e.g. on the use of instrumentation or specialist software.

You will be provided with project specific support on writing systematic reviews, experimental design and statistical methods. There is additional support around assessments and academic writing provided by the module leader.


  • Poster presentation and a 30 minute oral defence of the poster, assessed by the supervisor.
  • A 5,000 word research journal paper.


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Prices and dates

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Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.


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How to apply

How to apply

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Extra information

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