Student Research Projects

All students carry out an individual project in year three comprising one quarter of the year. These projects are supervised by academic researchers in a full range of scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary topics. Students in their year four Masters year also carry out individual reading and research projects which occupy the majority of the year.

Research Posters

Examples of Project Topics

Third Year Research Project

An independent research project, supported by an academic supervisor, in which you test a hypothesis through appropriate experimental, analytical and/or computational techniques. You will assess your findings in relation to other work in the subject area through literature studies. Topics from the 2015/2016 year include:

  • Classification of meteorites
  • Effect of digital mapping of fingerprints on everyday objects
  • Earth on fire: tracking biomass burning from space
  • Blood flow and embolus trajectory within a laboratory replica of the cerebral arteries
  • Spectroscopic characterisation of novel nanoparticles
  • Can there be life around black holes?
  • Examining Jupiter's polar auroras
  • Medical ultrasound image processing techniques to assess carotid plaque and vessel wall motion
  • Land surface temperature changes and climate
  • Observations of supernovae
  • Substructures within substructures
  • Through the eye of a lobster
  • Stellar fossils: the end states of binary stars and planetary systems
  • eSource: the next step in the evolution of the humble textbook
  • An investigations into the dynamics and evolution of Jupiter's great red spot
  • Science communication
  • Combatting antibiotic resistance

Fourth Year Advanced Study Topic

A guided literature study from a set list of topics. They could be from a selected discipline: biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, physics or from an interdisciplinary field. Past topics include:

  • Bacteriology
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Gamma Ray Bursts
  • Origins of Life
  • Biorobotics
  • Neural Networks
  • Turing Pattern Formation
  • Black Holes
  • Science Education
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Organometallics and Applications in Catalysis
  • Nanoscale Chemistry

Student Publications

Some of the projects have led to publications in the peer reviewed scientific literature and are listed below:

AuthorsTitleYearPublication/ Reference
Bond J W & Johnson M Visualizing indented writing on thermal paper by the controlled application of heat 2017

Journal of Forensic Sciences
pages to be confirmed

Peel A & Bond J W Effect of Temperature on the Visualization by Digital Colour Mapping of Latent Fingerprint Deposits on Metal 2014

Journal of Forensic Sciences, 59: 490–493

Bond J W & Lieu E Electrochemical behaviour of brass in chloride solution concentrations found in eccrine fingerprint sweat 2014 Applied Surface Science, 313, 455-461
Williams M,  Zalasiewicz J, Jarram D R , et al. Sea ice extent and seasonality for the Early Pliocene northern Weddell Sea 2010 Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 292 (1–2), 306–318

 

The quality of the final year projects was astonishing …I can imagine employers being very impressed, several were of a publishable standard.

External Examiner

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