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MEDI3048 BM Research Project

Module Overview

Description: a 16 week study in depth of scientific research, clinical research or service evaluation leading to the completion of a dissertation and presentation at an internal Faculty conference

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design a research project in relation to a research/audit question or hypothesis, justifying the methods selected, and applying the principles of evidence based medicine
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of health and safety in the research setting for example safe lab practice, COSHH, lone working.
  • Demonstrate that you can take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development
  • Apply appropriate biomedical, psychological or social science principles; or principles relating to population health to an area of practice and/or investigation
  • Write a formal report of your study, including abstract, background literature, aims, methods, results, discussion and references
  • Collect and analyse data appropriate to your study, using skills gained in the Research for Medicine and Health module
  • Develop and demonstrate oral presentation skills regarding your research to peers and staff
  • Develop and apply critical thinking to the work of your peers
  • Develop time management skills in the planning, execution and completion of your research project
  • Apply and build on the team working skills acquired in years 1 and 2 to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the application of research governance guidelines


Students will undertake a Research Project chosen from a broad range of fields that may be laboratory based or clinical or a mixture of the two, and may employ a diverse range of methodologies and methods, including audit, interviews, surveys, clinical and basic laboratory science techniques.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This 16 week module is undertaken from the beginning of September to the end of December during Year 3. You will build on the skills gained from the Research in Medicine and Health module undertaken in Year 2. Under the guidance and mentorship of your supervisor and their team, you will undertake the collection/extraction data and analysis for the practical research project during this time period. Learning methods will also include independent learning, extensive reading, writing drafts of reports for discussion and feedback, and practice presentations. You will receive support from your supervisor, the Field and Academic Unit or other groups in which your research project is based and the Faculty of Medicine. Doctors work in shift patterns and rotas throughout much of their working lives and to prepare you for such working once you graduate, throughout your programme you will be expected to undertake placements in the evenings, at nights and at weekends. This will not be an onerous requirement and will be negotiated well in advance so that students with carers’ requirements will be able to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place for cover

Independent Study162.5
Total study time562.5

Resources & Reading list



Assessment Strategy

The Research Project is assessed by a combination of approaches as detailed below. There is no compensation between these components to pass the module. Students awarded greater than 70% for all three components may be considered for the award of prizes Students will need to refer in a module either due to unsatisfactory attendance, or due to failing the assessment or both. Students who have failed to attend for up to four continuous weeks or a total of six weeks of the module will be required to undertake additional work during the supplementary period between years 3 and 4; the amount of additional work will be determined by the module lead but would not normally exceed two weeks. Students who have missed more than four continuous weeks or a total of six weeks of the module will be required to undertake the module at the next opportunity which would normally be in the following academic session. Each of the above assessments has a supplementary opportunity. Unsatisfactory attendance or performance in the supplementary period will mean the module is failed and the student cannot progress.


Project Management Plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Conference presentation 15%
Research project Report 70%
Supervisor Assessment 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Supplementary activity  () 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

There are no cost implications for Wessex based projects. If a student chooses to undertake a project outside Wessex this will have to be self-funded.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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