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MMS8199 : Medical Sciences Dissertation

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
Semester 3 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

The aims of the dissertation module are to:

1. To enable students to pursue self-selected, novel, investigative study in an area of medical sciences in which the student is particularly interested and motivated.

2. To provide training in research management and method in an appropriate dissertation topic area and within a first class medical sciences environment. Students will develop a range of professional and key skills that will allow them to undertake teaching and or research at an advanced level.

3. To empower students to make informed choices about their career development in medicine, dentistry, academic science, medical science or industry.

Original Summary:

Students will select a single medical sciences dissertation topic. Dissertations offered cover a diverse range of topics designed to offer experience in research endeavour from across the array of medical sciences activities in the Faculty of Medical Sciences or in collaboration with other Faculties in the University or departments in NHS Foundation Trusts. Students are actively involved in the selection of their dissertation topic.

      The dissertation module is designed to:
•       allow individual students to follow a novel, hypothesis-led investigation in an area of medical sciences of particular interest to the student
•       educate the student in research management and method in their chosen subject with appropriate individual supervision
•       inform student’s choices about their future career development through the expertise and knowledge acquired in part because the range of professional and key skills acquired will be applicable to a wide variety of potential career pathways.

      Students will select from a list of potential dissertation topics offered by academic supervisors or may arrange proactively their own dissertation topic under the supervision of an appropriate member of the academic staff of the University. Dissertation topics are approved by the Degree Programme Director of the M.Sc. in Medical Sciences.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is dependent upon the student’s dissertation topic

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Oral presentation on project dissertation outcome
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Preparation work prior to and during the research on the dissertation topic.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Oral presentation on project rationale and study design
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Literature review of 3000 words
Guided Independent StudyProject work1300:00300:00Research into the dissertation topic.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity150:0050:00Additional reading and reflective learning
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module has been conceived to educate students in the practice of hypothesis-led research in medical sciences and the evolving principles that surround it. A key element of the module is that students are involved actively in the selection of their dissertation topic with appropriate guidance. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for the successful implementation and outcome of their studies under the guidance of an academic supervisor through early preparation and research. Students will benefit from individual guidance from their academic supervisor. Successful completion of their dissertation and oral and written presentation of their research findings within clearly defined deadlines will educate and empower students and give them confidence in their own abilities to research and deliver.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M15Literature review, not more than 3000 words
Dissertation3M50Upper word limit of 7000 words
Prof skill assessmnt3M15Professional behaviour and skills will be assessed by the dissertation supervisor.
Oral Examination3M107 minutes - to introduce the dissertation rationale, hypothesis and design
Oral Examination3M1010 minutes - summarise the dissertation and evaluate the extent to which aims have been achieved
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The literature review will ensure that students have researched their chosen area of study through use of appropriate databases and have acquainted themselves with current knowledge and opinion. Preparation of the literature review will be formative and students will develop the ability to synthesise knowledge and to prepare a succinct, structured written overview of their dissertation topic. The literature review will encourage interaction with the academic supervisor and ensure that students are adequately prepared to begin the dissertation module.

The first oral presentation will encourage students to focus on the hypothesis on which their dissertation topic is based and to identify clear aims that will be addressed during their studies. The oral nature of the presentation will develop in students the ability to explain their dissertation to a wider audience through use of appropriate software.

The preparation of a written dissertation will provide a formative-assessment, learning-opportunity for students on how to present, illustrate, describe, discuss and reference their findings in an appropriate scientific manner. They will address the extent to which they have addressed their initial hypothesis and have achieved the aims identified in the first oral presentation. Students will be encouraged to consider the impact of their findings in the context of overall knowledge. The preparation of the final dissertation will encourage the ability to present information in a succinct and informative fashion. Additionally, students will learn the importance of professional interactions with their supervisor.

The second oral presentation will encourage students to address the extent to which the hypothesis on which their dissertation topic is based has been addressed and to explain how their aims have been met and to identify future aims. The nature of the presentation will teach students the ability to explain the significance of their findings orally.

The supervisor assessment of the student will evaluate the student’s interpersonal skills, ability to work within a team, organisation, initiative, drive and competency in analysis and software usage.

The first four methods of assessment will develop the importance of achieving deadlines.

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