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MEDI6078 Allergy Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation can be by research or a professional project. A dissertation by research will be a hypothesis driven research project that entails small-scale empirical research involving quantitative or qualitative research methods. A dissertation by professional project can take a variety of forms, including: a critical appraisal of research literature relevant to a particular area of practice, systematic review, service audit, service development, service delivery needs assessment, service evaluation or clinical case review.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Use specific research or a professional project to show how the principles covered in the individual modules in the MSc Allergy programme of study link together and demonstrate a coherent understanding of the issues relating to the field of allergy. In particular: • To develop your skills in the organisation, analysis and presentation of a scientific report of an original piece of work. • To experience the practice of doing research as a process leading to personal and professional development, growth, and learning. You have two options: Dissertation by Research: This will be a hypothesis driven research project that entails small-scale empirical research normally involving quantitative research methods. Research involving human participants requires the appropriate governance process and follows the NIHR Coordinated Systems for gaining NHS permissions. Dissertation by Professional Project: This can take a variety of forms, including: Service audit Evaluation of a service development Systematic review Service delivery needs assessment Service evaluation Clinical case review

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Select and justify an appropriate method to conduct the investigation/review
  • Propose and justify the links between your own project and the application of research to solving problems in the field of allergy.
  • Translate your dissertation project into a publication format
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop critical reasoning and organisation of an argument.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Preparation of a manuscript for publication
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Examine a complex problem so that a testable hypothesis or appropriate research question can be derived.
  • Develop and test a hypothesis or develop and answer a research question.
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate ethical and research governance standards.
  • Critically appraise the relevant literature illuminating the background and (theoretical) context of the study.
  • Critically evaluate your own work and discuss the implications of the findings for professional practice


• Protocol development • Project planning: asking the right research question • Research Process: designing a project • Research governance and ethical processes • Analysis • Critical appreciation and interpretation • Report writing • Presentation skills • Working under supervision • Time management

Special Features

This module allows you to develop and undertake a research project with experts in the field

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Individual research supervision both face-to-face and electronically, and access to the Faculty of Medicine’s staff and resources. A primary supervisor and a member of University staff supervise each student on a one-to-one basis. Students are given access to our Blackboard website that provides comprehensive detail about all stages of the dissertation.

Independent Study600
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

Dissertation module on Blackboard website.

Bowling, A. (2005). Handbook of Health Research Methods: Investigation, Measurement And Analysis. 

Bowling, A. (2009). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. 

Over 41 Allergy.

Statistics e-learning resources.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. Assessment comprises the following: • You will write a project proposal (2,000 word limit), which provides the information required for ethical approval (as appropriate) and research governance and will be approved before proceeding with your project (formative). • At the half way point for the project, you will be required to demonstrate to the Module Leader adequate progress of the project and that you are using appropriate research methodology. You are expected to confidently explain to the module leader your academic progress, the rationale and approach being used and your plans for completion. This will be in the form of a written 1,000 word summary. In this assessment you will rationalise your project and procedures, your progress to date and future plans (formative). • A 300 word synopsis of your project (formative). • A final written report that will be assessed. The project write up in the format of a 6,000 word limit using the template provided for either (ii) Manuscript-style document OR (ii) Report for service provider/professional body/commissioning organisation. • A reflective account (formative) The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%. If you do not achieve the pass mark on this module by achieving 50%, you will have failed the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity. You must achieve the pass mark in your referral. On passing your referral, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


Project proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Written report 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Rebuttal to markers  (2000 words) %
Written report 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

MEDI6082Clinical Research Skills
MEDI6081Foundations of Allergic Disease
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