Module Catalogue

MCR8003 : Writing in a Research Setting

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Booth
  • Lecturer: Miss Lulu Cvetkovic, Dr Gwen Averley, Professor Judith Rankin, Ms Linda Errington, Dr Lindsay Pennington, Dr Nicolette Rousseau, Professor David Jones, Dr Joanne Patterson, Dr Peter Middleton
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Writing is a key skill for anyone in medical research. This module aims to familiarise students with the many different processes involved in medical writing. The module is designed to allow the students to experience medical writing and to enable them to develop a range of key skills that will prepare them for writing research proposals, grant applications, case reports and manuscripts for peer reviewed journals.

Outline Of Syllabus

Writing standard operating protocols.
Writing original articles and abstracts.
Responding to referees comments.
Developing and sourcing grants.
Writing grant and fellowship applications, including costings.
Authorship and ownership – responsibilities.
Generic writing skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture180:5516:3016.5 student contact hours in total. Lectures are of varying length.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion149:3049:30Guided independent study and reflective learning.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading401:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:001 small group session
Guided Independent StudySkills practice112:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work119:0019:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In lectures, students will learn fundamental principles of writing in a research setting. They will then undertake assignments to use this knowledge which will be self-directed. They will be expected to undertake further reading, particularly for the formative assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M25Abstract (Standard Length Document)
Written exercise2M50Grant Application
Oral Examination2M25Presentation base on coursework (5 slides) - 5 minutes presentation and 5 minutes questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MWriting a SOP (Standard Length Document)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will complete three summative assessments. The first being an abstract for a published paper; the second an original research proposal for a grant application and the third being a presentation on their own research idea.

The students will complete one formative assessment, to write a SOP (standard operating procedure).

These assessments will test knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary to complete the different processes involved in medical writing.

Reading Lists