MRes Ecology and Environmental Biology Project 1 BIOL5186P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The student completes a laboratory or field based project in a research group.


Normally, full time for 18 to 20 weeks.

Requirements of Entry






The student is assessed by 5,000 to 10,000 word written report (80%) and scientific seminar talk (20%). 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

■ introduce the student to the formulation, planning and practicalities of a research project;

■ develop skills in undertaking a critical review of literature

■ gain practice in the design of a research project

■ practice selected research techniques and data analysis

■ provide experience in writing a research report and giving a seminar talk

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Undertake original research on defined topics in ecology and environmental biology

■ Undertake a critical review of the literature relevant to the chosen research topic

■ Formulate appropriate research questions and testable hypotheses relevant to chosen research project

■ Design and plan safe laboratory or field experiments

■ Collect and analyse preliminary data that will inform research project design

■ Produce a high quality research report which includes critical literature review, analysis of data and research plan

■ Use computers effectively to search databases, statistically analyse data and present research findings in the form of a written project

■ Demonstrate proficient oral and written communication skills by giving a clear, well-constructed oral and written presentation on advanced topics in current ecology and environmental biological research.

■ Demonstrate proficiency in planning and managing time effectively by prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines

■ Work co-operatively with supervisor and 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.