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Dissertation project

The module offers you the opportunity to work independently, under limited supervision, on an area of health and medical science of your choice. You will learn to take responsibility for the direction and management of a research project through to completion and submission. There is no specific syllabus for this module. The topic of the dissertation will depend on the mutual interests of the student and the student's chosen supervisor.

During this module you will gain hands-on experience of formulating appropriate research questions, planning and undertaking a project, analysing data, peer review and writing their project in form of a paper. The paper will be in a format suitable for publication in a peer reviewed academic journal and will demonstrate knowledge and appraisal of a wide range of relevant literature and show that this has been applied to the design, execution and reporting of the project. There will be online material on key skills relevant to dissertation planning and oral presentation.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  1. Work independently to plan, manage and complete a cohesive project
  2. Develop practical and cognitive skills of analysis and synthesis in the context of investigation within the fields of health, biomedical and medical sciences
  3. Evaluate and communicate complex project information using written and oral formats
  4. Critically appraise own findings and their relevance within the project scope
  5. Demonstrate responsible research behaviour
  6. Become immersed in complex disciplinary language, engage with interdisciplinary approaches and identify professional limits


11 weeks

Teaching methods
Project supervision

1 x 4,000 word dissertation

1 x Oral presentation and defence of project