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MEDI6032 Short Research Project B

Module Overview

As part of year one of the Integrated PhD programme, all students will undertake three short research projects (10-12 weeks each) in different laboratories. This offers students the opportunity to develop a broad range of laboratory skills and to develop a well-rounded understanding of their chosen field of study. Students will be offered as much choice as possible for each of the three projects, with information on project availability being provided by the pathway leads. Students will be encouraged to develop a wide range of skills that will support them for their research in years 2-4 of the programme. Each student will have a clearly identified supervisor who will provide guidance and support in both the practical and theoretical elements of the project. Students will need to utilise appropriate research techniques to address a clear research question. In addition, students will be expected to develop a good understanding of the published literature within the field of study. Assessment of the project will be through a written research report of 5000 words

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Differentiate between different types of research methods and apply appropriate research designs to chosen projects
  • Identify the practical issues involved in carrying out research.
  • Follow research conventions appropriate to the aims of the study and the research design (e.g research governance, ethics and data protection).
  • Justify the need for carrying out research in the particular area chosen for the project
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Plan and undertake a project in a specified area of research with appropriate supervision.
  • Use data collection, handling and analysis methods appropriately.
  • Perform appropriate data presentation.
  • Submit a written report of research with an element of originality
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Organise your own activities to achieve a desired outcome within a limited amount of time.
  • Direct your own learning and perform independent judgement and critical self awareness for your work.
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically assess research carried out by others, evaluate its usefulness for your own practice and use it as a starting point for your research


Students will work with an assigned supervisor (one for each short research project) o learn and extend their: a) background knowledge and critical appraisal of the area in which they are working; b) knowledge of Ethical considerations relating to the project; c) laboratory skills required to carry out a specified short research project; d) knowledge of good laboratory practice in performing experiments; e) data collection, handling and analysis skills to produce results; f) data presentation skills in both oral and written formats.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will learn the required skills to perform a short research project in a specific subject area utilising a range of learning and teaching methods including: a) Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Training Programme; b) Training/discussion sessions; c) Research Seminars; d) Face-to-face theoretical and practical training. Total Study Time The modules will reflect the normal distribution of 400 hours of student effort attributable to each 40 credit module. Contact hours: 40 Non-contact hours: 360

Independent Study360
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Reading List. You will be provided with a recommended reading list appropriate to the area out of research by your supervisor prior to the commencement of each module. The reading associated with generic transferable skills learned in the Research Skills for Biomedical Sciences module and taught modules will also be applicable to these modules


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. It will demonstrate your ability to plan, perform and present a short research project using an evidence-based approach. The markers/reviewers will be selected from teachers on the module. All assignments will be double marked by the supervisor of the project and another tutor involved in the programme. Marks and feedback will be moderated by the module leader. Assessed Course Work: Written assignment of between 4500 and 5000 words reporting the research project including: Abstract, Introduction, Background and Literature Review, Hypothesis and Aims, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Future Research and References. The assignment will demonstrate your knowledge and appraisal of the relevant literature and show that this has been applied to the design, execution and reporting of the project. All the learning outcomes detailed in sections 1-4 will be achieved in identifying, planning, performing and presenting the written assignment for the research project Assessment requirements You must pass the module overall at 50% or above. Candidates who fail the module at the first attempt will be permitted to re-sit specific topics as supplementary assessments as agreed by the coordinator. Candidates who achieve at least 50% overall at the second attempt will be permitted to pass the module. Students are not normally permitted to repeat the year.


MethodPercentage contribution
Project report  (5000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Project report  (5000 words) 100%
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