Biological Sciences; Department of Clinical Sciences & Nutrition ; Sport and Exercise Sciences
Tuesday 1st May 2012
To provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research into an area that fits with the department's supervisory expertise.
To be informed by, and to contribute to, broader academic debates about the methods, approaches and practices that underpin the chosen scientific discipline.
To provide students with advanced scientific research training appropriate for both Level 7 and doctoral research.
To develop students' self-management, planning and communication skills.
To prepare fully those students with suitable interests for further postgraduate research at the Master/Doctor of Philosophy level and beyond.
Knowledge and Understanding
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the nature of the relevant discipline.
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of selected themes and issues
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the range, nature and value of primary and secondary sources in the relevant discipline.
Thinking or Cognitive Skills
Demonstrated the ability to read and use texts and other source materials both critically and empathetically while addressing content, context and perspective.
Demonstrated the capacity to plan, conduct and present a programme of original research.
Applied scholarly conventions.
Demonstrated the skills of the researcher including bibliographical skills, selection and synthesis of primary and secondary sources and the ability to provide original analysis in relation to questions appropriate to the discipline.
Demonstrated the skills of the researcher in planning, development and execution of a research project
Application of Number
Information Literacy and Technology
Improving own learning and performance
Working with others
Demonstrated self-discipline and self-direction in their work with others in a reasoned way.
Communicated effectively, both orally and in writing.
Used information technology as and when appropriate.
Demonstrated analytical ability and the capacity to consider and solve problems.
Demonstrated intellectual integrity and maturity, empathy and insight.
Transferable Professional Skills
Demonstrate the above key skills within a professional environment or as required for continuing professional development.
Demonstrated the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment or further professional development requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
The MRes is comprised of two taught, Level 7 20 credit modules. These are compulsory within each discipline as below.
Department of Biological Sciences
MD7001 Evidence Based Medicine
MD7002 Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data
Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition
XN7512 Research Methods and Data Analysis (Compulsory)
Plus one of the following option modules
From MSc Human Nutrition· XN7001 Principles of Nutrition· XN7002 Human Metabolism· XN7003 Nutrition in Health & Disease· XN7004 Sports Nutrition· XN7005 Nutritional AssessmentFrom MSc Weight Management· XN7201 The Obesity Epidemic· XN7202 Causes & Assessment of Obesity· XN7203 Dietary Approaches to Weight Management· XN7204 Exercise & Weight Management· XN7206 Pharmacology, Surgery, Supplements & Alternative Methods· XN7207 Childhood ObesityFrom MSc Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation· XN7401 Cardiovascular Diseases, Risk Factors, Investigations & Treatments· XN7402 Cardiovascular Anatomy & Exercise Physiology· XN7404 Clinical Exercise. Testing, Prescription and Programming· XN7408 Public Health Policy Programme Planning and Management· XN7414 Physical Activity & Exercise Programming in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease· XN7416 Cardiovascular Psychology, Health Behaviour and EducationFrom MSc Exercise & Nutrition Science· XN7501 Physiology & Physical Performance· XN7502 Physiology & Biochemistry of Metabolism· XN7506 Science of Weight Control· XN7508 Performance Enhancement· XN7514 Sports NutritionFrom MSc Biomedical Sciences· MD7003 The Science of Ageing· MD7002 Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data· MD7004 Current Issues in Biomedical Science · MD7005 Blood Sciences· MD7006 Clinical Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
School of Computer Science, Mathematics and Business Computing
MA7004 Numerical Linear Algebra
MA7005 Integral Equations
MA7006 Numerical Methods: Convergence and Stability Theory
MA7003 ICT for Mathematics Research
MA7008 Differential Equations and their Applications
MA7021 Research Project Development in Mathematics
CO7002 Project Management
CO7102 Research Method 2
Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
SS7203 Research Methods
SS7206 Sociology of Sports Development and Sports Policy
SS7301 Research Methods in Sports Sciences
SS7315 Experiential Learning in Applied Sporting Performance
All students will then complete the compulsory Level 7 research module: BI7140 MRes Research Dissertation (140 credits).
There are no exit awards within the MRes programme.
MRes (180 credits) Two taught Level 7, 20 credit modules (40 credits) BI7140 MRes Research Dissertation(140 credits)
Possession of an upper, second class honours degree in any relevant discipline with additional emphasis placed upon the student's preparedness for study and performance at interview which will inform the selection process. A lower, second class degree can be mitigated by experience. Decisions concerning the allocation of credit, either for admission or advanced standing, will be the responsibility of a Credit Allocation Panel. Credit value will be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning completed within the previous five years and through which an applicant can demonstrate prior achievement of learning outcomes related to one or more programme modules. A student seeking advanced standing must apply before enrolment.
Each student will be interviewed as required in all Chester Research Degrees and the Interview record form will be completed and submitted to the Graduate School with the completed application.
There is currently no MRes in the Subject area Benchmark Statements but the QAA code of practice for research degree is relevant and has been drawn upon.
Acquisition of core knowledge is achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, audio-visual presentation, tutorials and private study, supplemented, where appropriate, contributions by guest and visiting lecturers.
Each taught module is assessed by the submission of one or more written coursework assignment (totalling 4000 words), the format of which will vary depending on the module content, e.g. data interpretation and evaluation; research proposal; evaluative report, etc.
The research dissertation (BI7140) will be assessed as a portfolio comprising:
1. An extended literature review suitable for publication in Annual Reviews Inc publication
2. Project report suitable for publication in Plos One
3. Oral presentation
An individual external examiner will be appointed for each student project.
Reassessment - resubmission of the above papers in line with recommendations of the examiners.
On completion of this programme, a successful graduate will have acquired a range of communication and transferable skills (as embraced by both the educational aims of the programme and the programme outcomes - see above) valuable to their current or potential employers. The MRes will also prepare students for further research at Master/Doctor of Philosophy level.
The Faculty of Life Sciences programmes respect the standard University policies regarding admissions, widening access and participation, equal opportunities and APL, as applied centrally by the University. Consistent with the University's commitment to widening access and participation, the programme conforms to the University's flexible approach and welcomes applications from mature students and from groups normally under-represented in higher education.The University of Chester values the diversity of its student body and aims to provide quality of opportunity in all its activities. All suitably qualified students are welcome on this programme, irrespective of race, gender, disability or age. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with specific learning or physical needs and to ensure that all students benefit equally. Each case will be examined individually and the University's Inclusion Plans will provide guidance and support, as appropriate. International students who meet the admissions requirements are welcome and will enrich both the programme and the postgraduate community at the University; support and guidance are provided for international students at the institution, particularly through the International Student Welfare Officer.
All students are issued with a comprehensive programme handbook and a module handbook at the commencement of each module. Students needing further advice are welcome to consult the Programme Leader (who acts as the Personal Academic Tutor for students on the programme), or the Module Tutor.
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