Module details for Science Future and Society


Through a series of seminars and 1:1 tuition provided by academics and company representatives, students will be supported in their development of an original research proposal. This proposal will build on their previous scientific research and literature review (for example SCN503). The research proposal will be orally defended at a mock grant panel comprised of academics and students.


The aim of this module is develop the student’s ability to produce and defend a research proposal based on innovative research that will have impact (on either society, academia or industry).

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Formulate, generate and defend an innovative research or business proposal with potential impact, for example based on the requirements of the UK research councils.

2.  Determine appropriate costings and timeline(s) for the project proposal.

3.  Review and critically reflect on the validity and appropriateness of proposals.

Indicative Content

1 Grant / business Proposal

Production of a written proposal for an original forensic, environmental or biomedical, research project. The grant/business proposal will need to demonstrate impact and will be written for a research council or similar as appropriate. Seminars will include identification of funding sources, costing of proposals, writing of proposals and 1:1 sessions with relevant academic staff.

2 Mock Grant Panel

The students will participate in a grant panel to evaluate all of the proposals produced in the module. The students will base their evaluations on the criteria used by the research councils to determine funding and will have a formative workshop before the grant panel.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 46
Independent 130
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.