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Unit information: Study in Industry Project (M level) in 2020/21

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Unit name Study in Industry Project (M level)
Unit code PHPHM0012
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Helyer
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit comprises the project component of the Year in Industry, during which the students are directly involved in an approved research project in Industry supervised by a senior staff member of the external organisation and approved by the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, as appropriate. The student is a full-time employee of the sponsor company and is subject to the employer’s standard terms of employment, including all secrecy agreements agreed between the company and the University of Bristol. Students will be expected to undertake academic project planning and review tasks in line with company policy; these will be reviewed formally by the industrial supervisor and the academic tutor.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit:

  • Students will have acquired a set of research skills commensurate with those expected by industry, including laboratory, IT and scientific communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically review, consolidate and extend a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, utilising specialised skills acquired during the industrial project;
  • 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 and/or group outcomes.
  • Students will display mastery of complex and specialised area of knowledge and skills related to their industrial experience, employing advanced technical skills to conduct research, accepting accountability for related decision making.

Teaching details

Guided and self-directed project work; research seminars; research group meetings and where appropriate, attendance at external professional conferences.

Assessment Details

  • Journal article(s) based on industrial project (3000 words) 70%
  • Industrial poster presentation 20%
  • Industrial supervisor’s report 10%

Reading and References

Selected original research papers from the scientific literature