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MEDI6221 Scientific Review

Module Overview

This module is designed to enable students to develop their approach to, and detailed understanding of, the evidence base associated with their chosen research project.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evidence the use of appropriate resources to access scientific information.
  • Develop your ability to appraise and evaluate published research.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the range of different study designs and their key
  • Methodological features (strengths and weaknesses)
  • Apply these skills and synthesis of the literature to develop your comprehension of your chosen research area.
  • Contextualise your research topic and question within current clinical practice or scientific method.
  • Develop a testable and defensible scientific hypothesis based on your critical evaluation.
  • Apply your understanding of the use of the principles and applications of common methods of quantitative and qualitative data analysis.


The module is designed to consolidate and extend the skills that students have developed through the research for medicine and health module and the BM5 research project. This will be done through appraisal of existing published literature and the production of an independent scientific review. The module will challenge students to develop and extend their understanding of the use of evidence-based medicine. Working independently and in small groups, students will critically appraise a number of research papers under the guidance of a number of subject specialist tutors. These may include fundamental laboratory or clinical-scientific research, epidemiology, development of education theory relevant to healthcare learning, development or practice and ethical and legal issues associated with biomedicine. Students will apply this learning and approach to their chosen research topic to produce comprehensive review that contextualises the aims, methodology and relevance of their chosen research topic.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Tutorials, from academics within the faculty • Seminars from the module lead • One to one, or small group sessions with the academic(s) supervising the project • Attendance at research seminars given by internal and external academic and clinical speakers • Independent study

Completion of assessment task45
Wider reading or practice230
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Others.  • Project supervisors will provide guidance on reading associated with the project. • Journal club papers will be made available by the journal club tutors via blackboard. • 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



Oral presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Project Brief  (3500 words) 70%
Published article 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated report 30%
Research essay 70%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-reqs: MEDI3048 and MEDI2045


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

MEDI6220MMedsc Research Project


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

There are no notable costs associated with the module. 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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