Module Catalogue

MCR8003 : Writing in a Research Setting

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rachel Duncan
  • Demonstrator: Professor Luke Vale
  • Lecturer: Professor David Jones, Dr Joanne Patterson, Dr Peter Middleton, Miss Lulu Cvetkovic, Dr Gwen Averley, Professor Fiona Matthews, Mr Alex Inskip, Dr Lindsay Pennington
  • 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 both medical textbooks and journals.

Outline Of Syllabus

Writing standard operating protocols and study protocols
Critical appraisal of scientific papers
Peer review
Writing papers
Writing grants
Responding to referees comments
Practicalities of data management for publication
Authorship and ownership – responsibilities
Plagiarism how to avoid it and how to detect it

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture220:3011:0022 lectures of varying length totalling to 11h
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice112:3012:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:003 small group sessions of varying length totalling to 3h
Guided Independent StudyProject work119:0019:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:3034:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This will be a mainly self-directed module. In lectures, students will learn fundamental principles of writing in a research setting. Seminars are designed to give one-to-one and group advice on review, critical appraisal and writing skills and the students will be able to practice review, critical appraisal and writing skills in self-directed fashion. The students’ work will be assessed and the student’s will receive formative feedback in the 3 tutorial sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M25Presentation based on Coursework (5 slides, 5 minutes, 5 minutes questions)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M25Abstract (Standard Length Document)
Written exercise2M50Grant Application
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, which will be peer-reviewed.

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