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XX50230: Research project

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 30 [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 600
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Dissertation period
Assessment Summary: CW 60%, OR 20%, OT 20%
Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (CW 60%)
  • Oral exam on dissertation (OR 20%)
  • Laboratory performance (OT 20%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Not applicable
Learning Outcomes: After taking this unit, students should be able to:
* demonstrate advanced experimental techniques appropriate to the chosen project, including independent use of sophisticated instrumentation appropriate to the research field
* work with minimal supervision and guidance
* work safely in a laboratory in a manner commensurate with current legislation
* record experimental observations and data in an efficient manner
* demonstrate the ability to conduct and develop an experimental programme.
* critically analyse and evaluate experimental results in the context of other researchers' work
* prepare an extended scientific report commensurate with a chosen journal style, with the potential for publication
* discuss and defend the conclusions drawn from the study in an oral examination

Aims: To provide students with experience and skills in planning and undertaking an in-depth, full-time practical research project in drug discovery science. To provide students with experience and skills in analysing and interpreting findings and reporting the outcomes of such investigations.

Skills: Research Methods (T, F, A),Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F)

Content: A research topic will be selected in conjunction with a supervising member of staff and a program of experimental work planned. The content will be project specific, but will entail advanced experimental methodology in either medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, or medicines design.

Programme availability:

XX50230 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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