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MEDI6216 Genomic Medicine Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation can be by research or a professional project. The dissertation by research is a hypothesis-driven small-scale empirical research project 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

For students to build on their previous knowledge, skills and experience by undertaking a medical genomics research project that shows originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in a specialism of healthcare science. 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 This module aims to: Use specific research or a professional project to show how the principles covered in the MSc Genomic Medicine programme of study link together and demonstrate a coherent understanding of the issues relating to the field of Genomic Medicine. 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.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Justify the rationale for research governance and ethical frameworks when undertaking research or innovation in the NHS
  • Identify a research question and critically evaluate the novelty and importance of the research question
  • Design, plan and undertake a research project to test a hypothesis from conception to completion/archiving in accordance with ethical and research governance regulations drawing on expert advice where necessary and involving patients and service users
  • Analyse data using appropriate methods and statistical techniques, and interpret, critically discuss and draw conclusions from the data
  • Prepare a written report that describes and critically evaluates the research undertaken, clearly identifying the strengths and weaknesses
  • Prepare and present a summary of the project to specialist, non-specialist OR lay audiences


• 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. 

Statistics e-learning resources.

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. There will be two components to the assessment i) Academic poster and ii) Final written report. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%. You must pass the final written report to pass the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity. Marks for components which were passed will be carried forward. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
Academic poster 20%
Written report  (6000 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Academic poster 20%
Written report  (6000 words) 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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