Project Research Methods


This module provides the student with the theoretical underpinning skills required to pursue a detailed investigation of a selected research topic under the guidance of a member of staff.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a range of skills required to carry out research in a specified area appropriate to the programme of study.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically evaluate current knowledge within a specified field.

2.  Demonstrate practical and laboratory skills and relate to theory and concepts.

3.  Produce documentation of sufficient standard to satisfy university regulatory protocols with regards to risk assessment and ethical approval.

4.  Assess and evidence skills, knowledge and behaviours against competency statements

Indicative Content

1 Research project management

The role of literature review in research.The principles and practice of GLP and GMP, Research methods, Research project management. Time management in the research context

2 Research project development

Research ethics. Research health and safety.

3 Practical and laboratory skills

Practical and laboratory skills required for the project.

4 Competencies relating to professional roles and status

Linking examples of previous and planned activity with competency statements

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will be delivered via a small number of lectures in addition to 1:1 meetings with the project supervisor. Some sessions will include compulsory workshops such as health and safety and ethics. Other practical workshops will be delivered as required for the particular project.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Supervised Practical Activity 18
Unsupervised Practical Activity 18
Assessment 50
Independent 96

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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.