MSc Genomic Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Research Project MSc Genomic Medicine

Course unit fact file
Unit code BIOL67380
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


Part-time students will normally do the 30 credit literature review, in which case two additional optional 15 credit modules must be undertaken to fulfil the requirements of 180 credits for a Masters degree. In exceptional circumstances a part-time students may be allowed to undertake the 60 credit research project if it is discussed and agreed with a Programme Director or the module lead


The aim of this module is to allow students to carry out an in depth literature based project on specific subjects e.g. cardiovascular genomics or epigenetics. This module could potentially provide a 30 credit module but then must be done in conjunction with additional optional modules to attain the total of 180 credits.

Knowledge and understanding

  1. Design, plan and undertake a research project to test a hypothesis from conception to completion/archiving in accordance with ethical and research governance regulations drawing on expert advice where necessary and involving patients and service users
  2. Analyse the data using appropriate methods and statistical techniques, and interpret, critically discuss and draw conclusions from the data
  3. Prepare a written report that describes and critically evaluates the research project, clearly identifying the strengths and weaknesses
  4. Present a summary of the research project and outcome that conforms to the format of a typical scientific presentation at a national or international scientific meeting, responding to questions appropriately
  5. Prepare and present a summary of the research project to specialist, non-specialist and lay audiences seeking feedback on the presentation(s) and critically reflecting on the experience and feedback.

Intellectual skills

  1. Justify the rationale for research governance and ethical frameworks when undertaking research or innovation in the NHS
  2. Identify a research question and critically evaluate the novelty and importance of the research question

Practical skills

  1. Develop appropriate laboratory skills relevant to the research project and course
  2. Understand statistical analysis methodology

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Project output (not diss/n) 100%

Feedback methods

Formative and Summative feedback given.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 300

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Graeme Black Unit coordinator

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