Final year project

Your final year project is your opportunity to undertake a research project in an area of your interest, while potentially contributing to cutting edge scientific research.

Many of our students work alongside our renowned research scientists during their final year projects, contributing to their research.

There are a wide range of project types available.

Laboratory-based project

Design and carry out a piece of original research in a specialist research laboratory.

Many of our students have had their projects published in the Biological Sciences Review.

Field-based project

Design and carry out a piece of original research in the field. A recent project took place in a conservation area in Peru examining the population of species of caiman, which are similar to crocodiles.

Science communications projects

E-learning project

Plan, design, develop, and evaluate an electronic resource to support e-learning.

Education project

Work with a school or other educational organisation to design a product, such as a practical or website, that may be of value in teaching and learning.

A recent project involved creating a display at Manchester Museum to teach children about carnivorous plants.

Science media project

Produce a portfolio of communication materials including articles for scientific magazines, a presentation to a scientific audience and a creative piece such as a video, podcast or poster.

Centre for History of Science Technology and Medicine Project

Engage in independent and original research on an aspect of the development of modern science, technology and medicine and/or science communication.

A recent project investigated the treatment of postnatal depression in 19th century asylums.

Enterprise project

Work in a team to develop a business plan for a real product or service in the area of biological or biomedical sciences.

A recent project was a proposal for provision of a type of DNA microchips that allow for rapid screening of food products and preparation areas for food-borne pathogens.

Bioinformatics project

Carry out research using computers. This may be achieved by running other software, or querying online data resources, or it may be done by designing and writing your own software.

A recent project identified the areas of interaction between specific proteins by analysing data on protein structures which is available in a protein database. Interaction between proteins governs the majority of biological processes.