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MRes students: Taster Project

MRes Taster Projects (10 credits) are aimed at introducing the student to the research area of a prospective MRes project. At the end of the taster project MRes students are required to produce a report (2000-2500 words) which is evaluated by the supervisor of the taster project. Students can continue to do the main project with the taster project supervisor or can choose to select a different supervisor via the usual MSc project selection process. After selecting the main MRes project, students continue with the same path as regular MSc students.

Taster Project Selection

Students are responsible for finding a supervisor and agreeing on a taster project with the supervisor. As a starting point students are encouraged to look at MSc projects offered in previous years to get an idea of the type of projects which can be offered by a member of staff and also look at the staff homepages to find a suitable supervisor. Students should email the MRes Programme Director ( the project title and supervisor's name by the project selection deadline.

Taster project deadlines (2017-2018)

  • Thursday 26th of October 2017. Project selection, email the project title and supervisor's name to
  • Monday 27th of November 2017. Finish working on the project.
  • Monday 4th of December 2017. Taster project report submission (2000-2500 words).


Taster projects are evaluated by supervisors using the following marking scheme:

Achievement of the learning and/or research objectives of the taster project. (50%)
100%-70% The student has achieved all or almost all of the intended learning and/or research objectives of the taster project. The depth of the learnt material is high.
69%-60% Good, solid work but with certain flaws.
59%-50% Work of acceptable quality possibly lacking in depth of researched material.
49%-40% Work of unacceptable quality: shallow learning, lack of understanding of some key concepts.
39%-0% Work of poor quality: serious lack of understanding of main concepts.

Report presentation and writing. (50%)
100%-70% Report has a clear structure with research objectives and outcomes. The presentation is of a high quality.
69%-60% The presentation is clear and readable with possible minor occasional inaccuracies.
59%-50% Writing is of acceptable quality, possibly lacking detail and some explanations.
49%-40% Writing is of unacceptable quality, shows numerous inaccuracies, with poor structure.
39%-0% Writing is of poor quality: major incoherencies, no proper structure, many typos and poor technical language.

In case of any questions please contact Konstantin Korovin (

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