MSc Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Research Methods

Course unit fact file
Unit code MEDN69910
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
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Research Methods Course is a 15 credit, interactive blended learning course which provides students with an introduction to key material required for the design, execution and interpretation of medical, scientific and clinically-related research and the production of a high quality dissertation.

The unit will run online over one semester and aims to augment in-person seminars with high quality online self-study materials. There will be online material opened on each topic at specific timetabled slots throughout the semester and face-to-face consolidation sessions.

Course attendee "Good introduction into the world of research. The lectures were delivered really well, gave good insight and were inspiring"


The unit aims to introduce students to the skills and knowledge to critically design, effectively implement, ethically conduct and knowledgeably intepret research in Biomedical and Human Sciences; and provide students with life-long critical appraisal skills that they will be able to apply to any research evidence that comes before them.

Learning outcomes

The unit will provide transferable skills and competencies necessary to complete and to improve your effectiveness in research; to expose you to ideas and practice outside your own field of research and to enhance your career opportunities. Learning objectives are to develop the skills and knowledge to enable students to critically design, effectively implement, ethically conduct and clearly communicate research in a clinical/medical setting. Furthermore, at the end of the unit, you will have a clear understanding of the key components of academic writing, be able to critically appraise literature to a high standard and develop a basic working knowledge of handling data. 

Teaching and learning methods

Blended learning model is adopted, where students can study the topics remotely (online) but attend campus for required face-to-face sessions.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 34%
Written assignment (inc essay) 33%
Report 33%

Formative assessment takes the form of online self-assessment multiple choice questions and self-reflections.  Summative assessment includes written assessments and an online exam.

Written assessments are double marked and moderated by external examiners to maintain objectivity and uniformity in the assessment procedures.

Feedback methods

Student feedback will be delivered online using blackboard. Students can pose questions using the blackboard discussion board to aid their understanding of the course content and assessment methods. Comprehensive feedback will be given on all written assessments fully justifying marks with written comments.

Students will be given the opportunity to complete an online Blackboard survey to gather feedback on the unit.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Vitalia Kinakh Unit coordinator

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