Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton

MEDI6238 Genomics Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation module provides a context within which research skills can be developed. It provides the opportunity to apply and demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the taught component of the MSc programme. 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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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 in accordance with ethical and research governance regulations
  • Collect and record data relevant to the research question, using appropriate materials and methods
  • 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 Data collection and analysis Critical appreciation and interpretation Report writing Presentation skills Working under supervision Time management

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A primary supervisor and a member of University staff will supervise each student on a one-to-one basis. Individual research supervision will be provided both face-to-face and electronically. Support from the module leader is available at all stages of the dissertation. Students will have access to Faculty of Medicine staff and resources. Students will be given access to the Blackboard website that provides comprehensive details about all stages of the dissertation, and a platform for submission of pieces of work for formative assessment.

Independent Study600
Total study time600


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. In addition to the summative assessments, during the course of the module there will be opportunities to obtain feedback in the form of unassessed, formative activities. Students who fail this module will have a resubmission opportunity in line with Section IV of the University Calendar (


Draft piece


MethodPercentage contribution
Poster presentation and defence 25%
Written report  ( words) 75%
Share this module Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings