80 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: MED612, MED613, MED614, MED615

Reaching standard required in the taught section to go forward to research project

Aims/Description: Undertaking a research project of approximately five months duration, preparing and delivering an assessed oral presentation and submitting a written dissertation or journal-targeted manuscript. Students will develop research techniques to address a topical subject-specific question within the allotted time span. Students will contribute to the design of the research protocol, learn and apply research techniques, work in the field/laboratory, use statistical packages, analyse data and write a research report. Students may prepare a submission to the University ethics Committee or contribute towards a submission to an NHS ethics Committee. Students may opt to prepare their final report as a manuscript formatted for submission to a nominated journal, or as a conventional dissertation. Students will present their work as an assessed oral communication prior to submission of the written paper or dissertation.Submission as dissertation: The guidelines will specify a total word count for the dissertation not to exceed 16,000; likely to be in the region of 14,000-16,000.Submission by manuscript: Word counts are invariably imposed for submissions to journals with papers describing original research. However, most journals now accept additional material as ¿supplementary online¿. This can be considered as equivalent to material in appendices for a classical thesis. The overall word count is likely to be similar to that for the conventional dissertation.

Staff Contact: Dr Peter Grabowski
Teaching Methods: Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Project work, Oral presentation of research design, methods, results, interpretation.

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