MSc Biomedical Sciences Project BIOL5266P

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

Short Description

The student completes a laboratory-based research-based project in a research group.


Normally, full time for 14 to 16 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

This course is only open to students on the MSc in Biomedical Sciences postgraduate taught programme.


The student is assessed by academic supervisor on their performance doing research; this contributes 30% of the mark. In addition, two independent members of staff judge the written report (4000-6000 words) and the performance of the student during a 20-30 minute viva voce examination; this contributes 70% of the mark (35% 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 aims of the project are:

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

■ to provide practice in selected research techniques and data analysis; 

■ to provide experience in writing a project report;

■ to provide experience in preparing a poster or giving a short talk or both. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ design, plan and safely-execute significant research; 

■ produce high-quality critical evidence-based research reports;

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

■ critically evaluate and analyse scientific data;

■ place 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;

■ 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.