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MEDI6105 Diabetes Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation can be by research or a professional project. A dissertation by research will use quantitative or qualitative methods for a hypothesis driven research project. 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

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Selecting and justifying an appropriate method to conduct the investigation/review.
  • Substantiating and justifying the links between your own project and the application of research to solving problems in the field of diabetes.
  • Adapting your dissertation project into a publication format.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Prioritising, planning and organising your time effectively to deliver a high quality report on time.
  • Identifying and compiling relevant information using information technology and develop an evidence based approach to research.
  • Developing critical reasoning and organisation of an argument.
  • Communicating effectively.
  • Creating a manuscript in publication format
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Developing and testing a hypothesis or develop and answer a research question.
  • Discovering an appreciation of ethical considerations and processes.
  • Critically evaluating your own work and discussing the implications of the findings for professional practice.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Conceptualising and structureing a complex problem so that a testable hypothesis or appropriate research question can be derived
  • Critically appraising the relevant literature illuminating the background and (theoretical) context of the study.


• 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

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

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

Statistics e-learning resources.

Dissertation module on BlackBoard website.

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


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 1500 word project proposal, which will be approved before proceeding with your project (formative). This project proposal will be used to guide your application for ethical approval for your project. • 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 300 word summary. In this assessment you will rationalise your project and procedures, your progress to date and future plans (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 (i) Manuscript-style document OR (ii) Report for service provider/professional body/commissioning organisation. • A 1500-3000 word reflective account (formative)


Reflective account


MethodPercentage contribution
Written report 100%


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


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.

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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