THE PROJECT - 2020/1

Module code: BMSM013

Module Overview

Leading on from BMSM002 (Principles of Applied Nutrition and Epidemiology), this module allows the student to engage in an in-depth major project in an area relevant for nutritional science in the 21st Century. Projects may be clinical, laboratory or literature based. Students may be attached to NHS units, to staff or research teams within the Department of Nutritional Sciences, but also in other areas in the wider University, including psychology. At the end of the project period a dissertation is produced, which is marked by two members of the academic team.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

ROBERTSON Denise (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 450

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Project Allocation

The student is expected to have developed an interest on a specific topic/theme before interacting with the module organiser. On discussing their interest with the MO, each student will develop their idea with the MO + potential supervisor and then be required to complete and submit a Project Approval Form (PAF). This will be signed by the Surrey supervisor and forwarded to the MO. At this point, the project starts and fees are payable.

Project Submission

The dissertation is usually written in the format of a scientific paper and is less than 10,000 words. Details of the format are available on SurreyLearn.

Dissertations must be submitted online through SurreyLearn. No hard copies are required.

Submission Deadline

6-18 months from the time of registration on the module, providing that this is within 5 years of registration on the programme.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) PROJECT (10,000 words) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate cognitive and analytical skills, scientific writing and communications skills.

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Written dissertation

The Formative assessment and feedback

  • Students will receive regular feedback from supervisors as appropriate.


  • This will be available on SurreyLearn

Module aims

  • To build on experience in information retrieval relevant to a specific topic of research
  • To acquire and develop specific practical research skills
  • To develop and expand the student's capacity for independent investigation
  • To develop written presentation skills applicable to the publication of original research findings in the scientific literature

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
006 The opportunity to present and defend their own research findings K
001 A full appreciation of the use electronic databases in research and the ability to undertake systematic literature searches and information gathering P
002 An opportunity to be able to critically interpret, assess and appraise the relevance of scientific literature KC
003 An increased capacity for independent research T
004 The ability to correctly analyse and interpret research data PT
005 The ability to write a detailed and well-constructed scientific report suitable for publication KT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to be aligned with the descriptor for qualification at level 7 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) produced by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and include development of independent thinking transferable laboratory/clinical research skills.

The learning and teaching methods include: Independent learning with academic supervision.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

This module is only available to students on the Nutritional Medicine programme.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Nutritional Medicine MSc Cross Year Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.