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LF907-90 MBio Research Project (Industrial Placement)

Life Sciences
Taught Postgraduate Level
Module leader
Isabelle Carre
Credit value
Module duration
52 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
Introductory description

LF907-90 MBio Research Project (Industrial Placement)

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with professional research skills through an extended period of practice in an industrial setting.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Students will be offered projects based on ongoing research programmes within the host company. The student will have a discrete project and, after appropriate training, be involved in design, analysis and execution of all appropriate experimental work. The placement supervisors will be responsible for instruction and training on a day-to-day basis. The student will also have an academic supervisor, who will have dual roles, (i) to ensure that the project provides adequate training for the student and (ii) to monitor the progress of the student through monthly discussions with the student and the placement supervisor.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • The module will allow the student to experience, first hand, research skills including hypothesis development, hypothesis testing, data collection, data handling, data evaluation and result presentation.
  • As part of the project the student will present and discuss plans, data and outputs with group members and supervisor.
Indicative reading list


Subject specific skills


Transferable skills


Study time

Type Required
Seminars 12 sessions of 1 hour (1%)
Project supervision 20 sessions of 1 hour (2%)
Private study 868 hours (96%)
Total 900 hours
Private study description

No private study requirements defined for this module.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A1
Weighting Study time
Dissertation 60%

Students will carry out an extended research project as part of an industrial placement. The project will be designed to require students to develop and test hypotheses, and to collect, handle and critically evaluate data. The research may be either laboratory or field-based, or will involve Bioinfomatic or Systems Biology analyses. Students will prepare a research thesis in which they will present their results in the context of the existing knowledge in the field.

Oral Presentation 20%
Project Performance 20%
Feedback on assessment

Students will obtain feedback through individual discussions with their academic supervisor.

Dissertations and oral presentations will be marked independently by the academic supervisor and by one other member of academic staff within the department. The project performance mark will be allocated by the academic supervisor based on a questionaire and discussion with the placement supervisor and discussions with the student and supervisor during the visit to the placement area. Feedback provided by the students’ placement supervisor will inform the marking process but final marking decisions will remain with the academic department. Students' oral presentations will be recorded in order to make the presentations available to the external examiners.


This module is Core for:

  • Year 4 of ULFA-C1A6 Undergraduate Biochemistry with Industrial Placement (MBio)
  • Year 4 of ULFA-C1A5 Undergraduate Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (MBio)
  • Year 4 of ULFA-C1A7 Undergraduate Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement (MBio)