CHEM61022 MSc Project and Dissertation

Unit code: CHEM61022
Credit Rating: 90
Unit level: Level 6
Teaching period(s): April - September

Aims

The unit aims to allow the student, with appropriate supervision to:

  • Develop the ability to plan a research strategy
  • Carry out the planned research
  • Evaluate progress and adjust experimental methods as results become available.
  • Outline their project in an oral presentation
  • Write a fully referenced MSc dissertation.

Overview

Students indicate preferred projects from a set of descriptors provided in early December. Project supervisor assignments are made in early February. Subject to adequate performance in the taught modules, laboratory work starts in April. Oral presentation of project aims and progress, mid-June Project work is completed in early/mid-August and the completed dissertation report submitted in September.

Students indicate preferred projects from a set of descriptors provided in early December. Project supervisor assignments are made in early February. Subject to adequate performance in the taught modules, laboratory work starts in April. Oral presentation of project aims and progress, mid-June Project work is completed in early/mid-August and the completed d

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Write a fully referenced report.

Undertake a substantial research project with a high degree of autonomy

Liaise with supervisor and other researchers to schedule work and manage time effectively.

Give an oral presentation of work to a small audience. 

Assessment methods

  • Presentation  7%
  • Research and laboratory skills assessment by supervisor, 33%
  • MSc dissertation report marked by two independent markers, 60%

Learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this unit should:

  • Have developed expertise in the field of their project and dissertation.
  • Be able to plan and execute a research strategy.
  • Assess experimental results and formulate alternative strategies, when necessary.
  • Gained appropriate research level skills, knowledge and techniques relevant to the area of their project.

Recommended reading

  • Project-dependent primary literature.

Feedback methods

Time-tabled meetings with project supervisor to discuss project background, progression, presentation  and writing up, with feedback via oral and written comments.

Additional Note

MSc Dissertations must conform to the University's regulations on presentation.

 

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