MSc Dissertation 2023-24
School Of Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 2
Execution and written presentation of a suitable scientific project which is devised by the student and an individual academic supervisor and validated by the convenor and/or Programme Director.
A suitable project entails a worthwhile scientific question, of direct relevance to the degree programme being undertaken, and established against the context of framework of current knowledge and concepts, that allows the formulation and testing of one or more hypotheses. This would be expected to involve up to 5 months full-time work, typically including:
2-3 months for data collection from the field, laboratory or computer; 1-2 months for data analysis;
and 1-2 months for writing-up, including correction of the first draft after the comments of the supervisor are received.
-threshold - 50% The project will conform to the School and Bangor University requirements and will demonstrate that the student has an adequate knowledge of the area of study and of how their project fits within this field of study. Hypotheses should be formulated and an adequate, documented, attempt made to obtain data to test them. The objectives, a summary of current knowledge, methods adopted, results and discussion should all be adequately presented. -good - 60% The project will be well formulated and planned with clear hypotheses that have generally been properly tested using appropriate data analysis. Demonstration of a sound knowledge, from primary research literature, of the area of study which will include an explanation of how the project contributes to that field, highlighting the majority limitations of the study undertaken. The dissertation will be generally well-written with most illustrations clear, relevant and informative. -excellent -70% The project will be very well formulated and planned with clear and novel hypotheses that have been properly tested and explained using appropriate data analysis. Demonstration of a deep knowledge, from primary research literature, of the area of study which will include an explanation of how the project contributes to that field, highlighting the limitations of the study undertaken and suggestions for improvements for any subsequent studies. The dissertation will be very well-written and presented, with most illustrations clear, relevant and informative.
- Collate and evaluate a variety of information directly relevant to the subject being researched.
- Communicate in writing, according to a defined format, the introduction, aims, methods, results and conclusions of the scientific research project.
- Demonstrate the ability to execute a scientific research project including formulation and testing of appropriate hypotheses.