Honours Project


This module allows the student to develop their own intellectual processes and communication skills in the pursuit of research goals substantially defined by the student.


The aim of this Module is to develop the ability to apply intellectual, organisational and communication skills within a specified area of study to enhance the capacity for independent thought, innovation and critical analysis of original and published data.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Organise and carry out a research project in a specified area

2.  Interpret and evaluate data obtained from a research project

3.  Defend and justify the findings of a research project

4.  Evaluate methodology and practice within a specified field

Indicative Content

1 Project Work

Effectively and efficiently conduct the project into a specific aspect of your discipline, under the supervision of a named academic or academic team.

2 Project Log /Lab Book

Keep accurate records of your work in an appropriate format.

3 Communication of findings

Produce a final project report within the discipline specific guidelines. Present the outcomes of the research project by means of a poster presentation.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The Honours project requires that students develop as confident thinkers within their chosen area of interest. They should be able to communicate the outcomes of their work by the production of a thesis and the presentation of a poster. The nature of the student learning will depend on the nature of the project itself. Some students (for instance) will have to work in collaborative teams while other work will be more individual in nature. In all cases the students will be exposed to dealing with the uncertainty that is inherent in the domain of research. Nominated members of staff will supervise projects.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 3
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 50
Unsupervised Practical Activity 240
Assessment 50
Independent 57

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.