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MD954 - Dissertation

  • Module code: MD954
  • Module name: Dissertation
  • Department: WMS, Dentistry
  • Credit: 60

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The principal aims of this module are: To develop students' intellectual abilities using theoretical perspectives and drawing on current experience and previous experiential learning. To develop students’ ability to critically analyse the key issues of an area of study through reference to the research literature and experience as a researcher. To develop students' knowledge and understanding of research methods and principles. To develop students’ ability to produce and communicate a substantial, independent piece of work, that is relevant to the students chosen course of study, informed by the forefront of research.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to: Develop an appropriate research proposal and protocol that complies with ethical principles and addresses a relevant dental research question or evaluates an area of dental practice within the discipline area of the programme for which the student is registered. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in the critical evaluation and synthesis of the research evidence in an area of dental practice within the discipline area of the programme for which the student is registered and consider possible developments and improvements for implementation. Produce and communicate an extended critical appraisal of the current literature, using appropriate quality assessment processes, to evaluate the limitations of research evidence and justify an area of dental or relevant professional practice enquiry. Demonstrate competence in the interpretation and use of medical statistics and research data. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of different research methodologies and how these might be applied to dental research. Critically reflect on the selection of an appropriate journal for dissemination of study findings, justifying the choice made and the alternatives available. Critically explore the applicability of the findings to their own area of practice and evaluate the scope for further research in this area. Write succinctly in the format of an academic article for an appropriate dental journal and present work visually in the format of an academic poster. Have the knowledge and skills to independently design, plan, conduct, and complete a significant piece of academic writing which addresses an area of professional dental practice within the discipline area of the programme for which the student is registered.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lasts for 1 year

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
60 CATS (Module code: MD954-60)
A1 (Assessed work only) Poster 20%
  Structured Dissertation (12,000 words) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Endodontics with Supervised Dental Clinical Training (B92N) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry (B93D) - Year 1