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MEDI6220 MMedsc Research Project

Module Overview

Under the guidance and mentorship of your supervisor you will carry out practical research work and independent study. You will interact with other members of the research group that you join, to learn how to carry out experimental techniques safely and effectively. Using your data together with the skills and knowledge developed in the other modules on the programme you will produce a written report and oral presentation of your research findings.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Plan an effective and realistic systematic research programme designed to critically evaluate your research hypothesis
  • Assimilate information from a variety of sources and utilise this to design and modify your research programme
  • Demonstrate that you are able to obtain and accurately record and report research data using techniques that you perform and can validate
  • Show clear evidence of independent thought in analysing, interpreting and evaluating research data, appreciating the limits of knowledge and a willingness to challenge received wisdom
  • Organise your activities to carry out the project within a limited time frame
  • Work safely, efficiently and competently on your own and as part of a team
  • Communicate your research data, ideas, problems and solutions, contextualising knowledge and structuring and sustaining arguments


You will be guided to a number of sources that highlight current research within the faculty. You will select an area of interest and discuss this with potential project supervisors and the module lead, after which you will select a suitable research topic. This can be from within, or in collaboration with, the Faculty of Medicine. Under the guidance of your supervisor you will design a project that aligns with the available methodologies to advance knowledge within your chosen field. Depending on the nature of the project students may have to complete and submit a faculty ethics application as part of their project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Seminars from the module lead • One to one, or small group sessions with your academic/clinical supervisor • Attendance at research seminars given by internal and external academic and clinical speakers • Independent study • Working with other researchers and technical/clinical staff in the research environment • Presentation of research findings at intervals through the project at group or department level meetings.

Completion of assessment task60
Supervised time in studio/workshop40
Independent Study340
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Learning Resources.  • Project supervisors will provide guidance on reading associated with the project. • The library and associated electronic resources including access to journal articles. • Specialist software if considered critical for the project will be made available via either the university suite of licenced software, or by the project supervisor. • Access to data sets where necessary will be managed/made available by the project supervisor. • Guidance on all aspects of formative and summative assessments will be available via blackboard supported by the module lead.


Assessment Strategy

Students are not normally permitted to repeat the year.




MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 20%
Project report  (5000 words) 60%
Supervisor reports 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Oral Presentation 20%
Project report 60%
Supplementary activity 20%

Linked modules

Pre-reqs: MEDI2045


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

MEDI6221Scientific Review


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

The project module results in the transfer of some funds to the project supervisor to help support the project, there are no additional costs for the student. There are no key texts associated with the module, the library and additional on-line resources provided through the library will give students access to the majority of the literature they will need to complete the project. Papers from journals that the library does not hold a subscription for are usually available by contacting the authors. Secure encrypted data sticks where needed will be purchased through part of the budget provided for the research project.

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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