Information for Project Supervisors
In 2012/13 the Project Presentation module will be contained within the Project module and the Critical Review Module will now be a critical review of the field forming the basis of the project. Project Supervisors will now become Critical Review Supervisors as well.
Students will be asked to investigate their projects on 26 October, 13 and 27 November. They will then arrange to discuss with potential supervisors to discuss further. Students submit their project choices on Friday 30 November and allocations are made by Monday 5/Tuesday 6 December.
Students submit a full draft of the critical review on 10 January. Students meet supervisors to discuss critical review between 23 and 25 January.
Students submit the final critical review on 5 February.
Project module starts on 20 March.
Project Preparation starts on 29 April.
Project Presentations - preparation time will be between 29 April and 9 May. Submission deadline for the Powerpoint presentation is Thursday 9 May (12 noon) and the presentations will be held during the week of 13 - 17 May, 2013.
Research project dissertation
- Electronic submission - 9 August 2013 (12 noon)
- Handing in of printed copies to binder - 9 August, 2013
- Submission of bound printed copies - 14 August, 2013 (12 noon)
- Viva voce examinations - 11- 13 September, 2013
Holidays for students
The course does not follow the standard University semesters and holidays calendar. There is no break during the University Easter holiday.
In addition to a scheduled holiday during the winter vacation, students are also entitled to a break totalling 10 working days during the Research Project period. To avoid disruption of the project, students must have the agreement of their project supervisor for the specific days they wish to take off work.
Practical Training for the Project
Training in basic experimental techniques and health & safety in laboratories will be provided in the "Practical Laboratory Training" module in January. Students will need to pass this module in order to be allowed to start practical work on their laboratory projects. Students who have not obtained a pass mark at the Training module in January will need further training and this will reduce the time available for their projects.
Marking of the dissertation
The dissertation will be marked by two members of academic staff (not the supervisor) and, in some cases, a third member of staff.
Some students may be examined in a viva voce (oral) examination by an internal and external examiner before their mark is finalised.