Module details for MSci Project


Students will manage and complete a substantive research project with minimal direct supervision, conducted concurrently with other placement activity (in SCN506).


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a research project in an industrial setting and/or research laboratory under the guidance of designated internal and/or external supervisors to provide them with an opportunity to develop their skills as researchers and develop independence as scientists.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically evaluate the literature in the chosen area of research.

2.  Design and implement a research plan in the chosen area of research.

3.  Evaluate and select appropriate methods to be applied to the selected area of research

4.  Critically evaluate the results obtained in the chosen area of research and present these results in appropriate formats

5.  Formulate, defend and review innovative research or business proposals with potential impact.

6.  Communicate concepts and findings through a range of media for a variety of audiences.

Indicative Content

1 Relevant, modern science and technology.

Students obtain a position in either an industrial or academic setting under appropriate local supervision. Positions conducted in an industrial setting will additionally be supported by an academic supervisor. The University will offer a number of positions. The MSci stage comprises a placement and a project modules. These may be conducted together or separately. Students are expected to work full time across the placement and project components of the stage. Appropriate technical training will be provided.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Practical Activity 544
Assessment 50
Independent 0
Total 600

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.