In the 4th year you will undertake a project carrying out novel research within a research group in Durham (F105), in industry (F111) or overseas (F102). Some of the Durham projects may be joint between two science Departments, for example, Chemistry and Biology. You'll work alongside world-leaders, tackling a cutting-edge research problem. You will gain insight into how science and scientists really work, and gain invaluable research experience and will learn and develop new skills and techniques. The majority of our 4th years find their research leads to an original publication in the scientific literature. Several of our students have won national awards for their research. You've the chance to become the world-expert in your chosen research area!
The Durham-based and overseas projects will run for a minimum of two terms. Industrial placements are typically 10-12 months and the company will normally pay you. We have links with a wide range of industries in the UK and Universities overseas. Further information on typical industrial/overseas placements can be found here.
Assessment of the project will involve a written report, a seminar, a poster presentation and an oral examination. These give you the opportunity to develop essential skills such as report writing, presentation and communication.
Recent project titles include:
- The study of interactions of drugs and toxins with plasma proteins and whole cells, which have profound implications in health and pollution (Dr R Kataky)
- The creation of new imaging probes for analysis and diagnosis (Prof D Parker)
- Tunable supramolecular gels and pharmaceutically relevant organic polymorphism (Prof J Steed)
- Design of molecules for use in 'next generation' molecular electronic devices for use in displays and lighting (Prof P Low)
- The development of new oxide materials for environmentally-friendly and highly efficient conversion of chemical into electrical energy (Dr I Evans)
- Preparation of polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering (Prof N Cameron)
- Synthesis of bioactive natural products (Prof A Whiting)
- Searching for new anti-viral drugs (Dr V Money)
- Controlling crystallisation to produce improved crystals and nanocrystals (Dr S Cooper)
- Design of bimetallic compounds that are relevant for renewable energy processes (Dr CR Hess)
- Design and synthesis of novel metal-containing catalysts for use in the energy- and resource-efficient synthesis of molecules, which the chemical industry rely on for the manufacture of everyday materials such as plastics and pharmaceuticals (Dr P Dyer)
- Exploring the properties of ultracold molecules, at temperatures less than a millionth of a degree above absolute zero (Prof J Hutson)
Experience cutting edge research and learn and develop new skills and techniques.
Assesses key skills such as report writing and presentation.