Aims/Description: The research projects are student-driven, with tutoring/research/ and reporting/training from their allocated supervisor. In determining the content and scope of the research exercise for the project, the student must demonstrate that: (1) clear aims and objectives have been identified; (2) the proposal is based on the application of appropriate research methods; (3) data of sufficient detail and quantity has been obtained from one or more sources; (4) the data have been analysed and/or tested with objectivity to reveal conclusions and recommendations; (5) the study is independent of other student input.

Staff Contact: Prof. Lin Ma
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: This will be based on instrumental and other techniques relevant to the research project and be assessed by a report on the experimental findings from the exercise. The scope of this exercise will be agreed between the supervisor team and the centre Director. It is flexible and can involve a wide range of activities based around the experimental techniques and methodology to be used in the research project. It is expected that the exercise will be designed to produce new directly relevant to the project. The report produced with a recommended length between 5,000 and 10,000 words and this will be assessed by the As an appendix, the report will contain an actual or a mock equivalent of a conference paper . Draft report to be submitted by 30th June. Final report to be submitted by 31st August.

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