MRes Ecology and Environmental Biology Project 2 BIOL5187P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • 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 or field based project in a research group.


Normally, full time for 18 to 20 weeks.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






The student is assessed by 5,000 to 10,000 word written report (70%), supervisor execution and skills assessment (15%) and scientific poster (15%).

Course Aims

The aims of the second MRes project are to:

■ Develop appropriate and competent laboratory and/or field research skills

■ Provide the opportunity of collecting an appropriate quantity of high quality data or undertaking a modelling exercise

■ Undertake statistical analysis and/or modelling that addresses the chosen research questions and hypotheses

■ Give experience in writing a scientific paper and presenting a conference poster

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to, with critical reference to published research:

■ Undertake original research on chosen topics in ecology and evolutionary biology

■ Demonstrate the in-depth acquisition of research skills in advanced research techniques as appropriate

■ Safely execute significant laboratory or field experiments

■ Critically evaluate and analyse quantitative data to answer research questions and test hypotheses

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

■ Identify areas where further research is necessary

■ Present research findings in a high quality report in research journal format

■ Give a clear-well-constructed conference poster

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

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

■ Work cooperatively 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.