MRes Biomedical Sciences Project 1 BIOL5150P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students complete a laboratory-based project in a research group, which they select from a wide range of project available in the College. Students write a report based on their laboratory findings.


Normally, full time for 13-14 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

This course is only open to students on the MRes Biomedical Sciences postgraduate taught programmes.


Two independent members of staff judge the written report and the performance of the student during a viva; this contributes 100% of the mark (50% each).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The supervisor assessment of performance during research is not available for reassessment. 

Course Aims

The first project aims to provide the opportunity for students to formulate, plan and complete a short research project, and to write a critical, evidence-based report of their work. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ use research skills in advanced biomedical, biological, molecular or biotechnology techniques, as appropriate;

■ design, plan and safely execute significant laboratory experiments and analyse data;

■ produce high-quality research reports;

■ identify, synthesise, summarise and critically evaluate prior research findings in a specific area;

■ critically evaluate and analyse scientific data;

■ critically discuss original research findings in the context of existing knowledge;

■ identify areas where further research is necessary;

■ formulate and test hypotheses and solve problems through experimentation by defining scientific questions and addressing them critically;

■ give clear, well-constructed oral and written presentations on advanced topics in current biomedical research;

■ plan and manage time effectively by prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines;

■ work co-operatively with colleagues to develop interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.