Doing your research project will give you experience of many aspects of project management, including:
Please take into account that no survey work should be carried out without prior ethical clearance. The University requires ethical clearance to be obtained when personal data is collected either by questionnaire or by the analysis of human samples. The issue should be discussed with your Supervisor and the appropriate forms submitted to the School or Faculty Ethics Committee. See the Ethical approval section for more information.
Your supervisor is a valuable resource when working on your research project but they won’t tell you how to do your project. You need to take charge and ‘own’ your project as you will be the one who has to stand by it and will receive the marks for it. Owning your project means being pro-active and thinking of the ideas and direction of the project yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone as your supervisor can give valuable advice and act as a sounding board for your ideas. Consider your supervisor’s advice carefully as they have the experience to know what is likely to work and not work in a research project.
Working with your supervisor is a partnership and you need to negotiate a way to work that suits both of you. Things to find out are:
The kinds of things that your supervisor can advise on:
Meeting with your supervisor
Plan to arrange regular meetings with your supervisor (on average every 2 weeks). It is your responsibility to arrange these meetings.
Prepare the following for your meeting:
You have a limited amount of time in which to do your project. Whilst you can seek guidance from your supervisor the organisation of your project time is your responsibility.
For lab-based projects:
For literature-based projects:
Manage the tasks associated with your project using a Gantt chart. This will:
The chart may need to be revised at each project planning meeting, in consultation with your supervisor.
Even though you've got several months in which to do your project, the time will soon go. Find tips on making the most of your time in this video from our Study Advice Team:
Be aware of your resources.
When are the people you need free to help? Respect their time!