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MRes Biomedical Sciences (Malaysia) Project 2 BIOL5159P

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The student completes a laboratory-based project in a research group in the Universiti Putra Malaysia


Normally full time.

Requirements of Entry

This course is only open to students on the Biomedical Sciences postgraduate taught programmes (MRes and Diploma) with selection approved in negotiation with Universiti Putra Malaysia.


Students may only progress to the second project if they have met the requirements to progress beyond the Diploma stage (all taught components plus MRes Biomedical Sciences Project 1) at a level prescribed by the Regulations in force at the time.

Excluded Courses

MRes Project 2 (FBLS) and MRes Biomedical Sciences Project 2


The student is assessed by the laboratory supervisor in UPM on their performance doing research; this contributes 40% of the mark for this course. In addition, two independent members of staff (one in UPM, one in University of Glasgow) judge the written report and the performance of the student during a viva voce examination; this contributes 60% of the mark. 

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. 


Students cannot be re-assessed on their laboratory performance during the project.

Course Aims

The second MRes project aims to introduce the concepts of formulation, planning and execution of a research project, providing experience of research techniques and data analysis and dissemination of results.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ critically evaluate and assess scientific data in order to formulate and test hypotheses; 

■ appraise and evaluate advanced knowledge with in-depth understanding of the research techniques used in biomedical sciences;

■ carry out research using advanced research skills in advanced biomedical and biological techniques; 

■ design, organise and safely execute significant laboratory experiments and analyse data in order to prepare high-quality research reports;

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

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.