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Unit information: Grant Proposal (M level) in 2021/22

Unit name Grant Proposal (M level)
Unit code PHPHM0010
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Brennan
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students will devise and plan an original programme of research, which they will present in the form of a standard grant proposal, of the type required by UK funding bodies, and an oral examination. The unit aims to encourage students to develop an original research question through in depth investigation of the field of study, using the scientific literature. In doing this they will develop an understanding of the process of devising a coherent and specific scientific research programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically review, consolidate and extend a systematic and coherent body of knowledge
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate concepts and evidence from a range of sources; transfer and apply diagnostic and creative skills and exercise significant judgement in a range of situations; and accept accountability for determining and achieving personal outcomes.
  • Students will display mastery of complex and specialised area of knowledge and skills related to their research area, demonstrating understanding of the use of advanced technical skills to conduct research.

Students will display the ability to be able to present and defend their ideas in oral and written forms for both scientific and lay audiences.

Teaching Information

Project planning and discussion meetings with project supervisors; independent learning

Assessment Information

  • Grant Proposal 80% (length determined by grant proposal template)
  • Grant proposal presentation and defence 20%


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How much time the unit requires
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