A specialist research project in metagenomics and the advanced investigative project in Molecular Biosciences provide an inclusive curriculum through allowing students freedom to develop their own theme. This specialist research project replaces the traditional research laboratory project with an advanced metagenomic investigation of environmental microbiomes. Students develop their own hypotheses and analyse their unique data using a large-scale computational approach. This module is balanced with an independent literature review of a topic of the student’s choice. Both approaches have been effective in engaging the students through ownership of their investigations, facilitating inclusivity and achieving their maximum potential.