Research Project 3

Module code: NT3001

The third year Project is a substantial piece of individual research work (30 credits; equivalent to at least 300 hours of student work over the year). The project is a culmination of your research training and subject learning to date and your opportunity to follow a significant piece of work to completion. At the start of the year each student will be given a choice of projects from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy and the School of Biological Sciences.

Topics covered

  • Hypothesis testing
  • Analysis and data presentation
  • Literature searching and interpretation
  • Presentation of key findings in the form of a report and viva
  • Discussion of  project findings and their wider context

Example projects

  • Embedding Diagrams: Visualising Black Holes and Wormholes
  • Regulation of chromosome segregation
  • Development of open-source software for real-time analysis of single-molecule interactions in super-resolution microscopy images, by multithreading and/or a GPU
  • Classification of Meteorites
  • Bioinformatic analysis of repetitive DNA
  • The Role of Social Media in the Dissemination of Science
  • Earth on fire – tracking biomass burning from space

Learning

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 9 hours of seminars
  • 16 hours of project supervision
  • 1 hour of practical classes and workshops 
  • 272 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Dissertation (60%)
  • Coursework (40%)