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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: systematic review, service audit, service development, service delivery needs assessment or service evaluation.

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. 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 All dissertation projects require the appropriate ethics and governance approvals prior to commencement.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop and test a hypothesis or develop and answer a research question.
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate ethical and research governance standards.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop critical reasoning and organisation of an argument.
  • Prepare a manuscript for publication.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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.
Cognitive Skills

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.
  • 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, available in person or via telephone, e-mail or Skype. Support from the module leader is available at all stages of the dissertation. Students are given access to our Blackboard website that provides comprehensive detail about all stages of the dissertation. Group support will be available via regular online webinars.

Independent Study590
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

Statistics e-learning resources.

EAACI Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines. EAACI have produced these useful guidelines which are free for members. To access, visit

Dissertation module on Blackboard website.

Global Atlas of Allergy. EAACI have produced an online Global Atlas of Allergy. To access the atlas, visit

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

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

e-Books. There are many e-books available from the University of Southampton library in both allergy and related academic subjects (e.g. reflection, study skills, communication skills). Access the online site:


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. There will be formatively assessed components, namely (i) a project proposal and (ii) a half way report. The final written report is a manuscript-style document that will be summatively assessed which is accompanied by an extended academic discussion. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%.


Half way report


MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion  (2000 words) 30%
Written report  (4000 words) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion  (2000 words) 30%
Rebuttal to markers  (2000 words) %
Written report  (4000 words) 70%


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:


Computer: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

Webcams and microphones: It is advisable that students provide their own webcam and microphone (integrated or USB/standalone) to take full advantage of the online support offered during the module.

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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