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MSc Clinical Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Research Skills (33RH)

Unit code BIOL60501
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


The research day provides opportunities for students to gain training in skills required when undertaking research.


To equip students with the research skills needed to undertake the course and future research.  

Learning outcomes

To facilitate students in acquiring/understanding skills on:-

Use of literature searching tools

Understanding plagiarism

Patient and public involvement and engagement in research          

Overview of ethics & governance

How to write a study protocol

How to write a scientific paper

Giving an effective scientific presentation

Overview of statistics



Teaching and learning methods


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Oral assessment/presentation 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback is an essential aspect of how the unit is organised and is a two way process.

Students' progress during this course unit is monitored by the module co-ordinator, and in the case of project work, by the project supervisor. Issues of concern relating to progress are discussed with the Programme Director and with other members of the academic staff as appropriate.

Students will be asked to complete a feedback questionnaire on this course unit, the aim of which is to provide feedback for the module co-ordinators. This feedback is taken into account when preparing the following year's programme. In addition, students are also asked by the University to complete a unit evaluation questionnaire.

Students are informed of their examination results in writing or by e-mail in accordance with the University's central Feedback policy. Students have the opportunity to discuss their examination results with the co-ordinator of this course unit.

A student representative is appointed at the beginning of the programme each year. One of their roles is to ensure that the views of students are relayed to the teachers and organisers of the programme. He/she will attend the meetings of the Programme Teaching Committee which take place every two months. The student representative also meets with the co-ordinator of each module at the beginning and end of each module to discuss student related issues

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 7
Independent study hours
Independent study 144

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jennifer Humphreys Unit coordinator

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