MRes Experimental Medicine (Respiratory) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Research Project 1

Unit code MEDN66230
Credit rating 60
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Cancer Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


This option is likely to appeal to those who have identified the need for a particular area of research or those who are keen to develop a research project after completing your studies. The dissertation will contain information under the headings often used by funding bodies (for example Medical Research Council or the Economic & Social Research Council. Similarly refer to the guidance for Empirical Research in this document. You will also need to include a detailed critical appraisal of the existing literature as part of your justification for the study.



The overall aim of this unit is for the student to undertake a research project that shows originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in health data science. The aims of the dissertation include:
• To support the student in pursuing independent research on a specified topic
• To support the student in developing research skills, planning and conducting independent research, evaluating, analysing data and communicating findings and outcomes appropriately.
• To support the student in undertaking a concentrated review of literature in a chosen subject area
• To support the student in applying knowledge and expertise gained during the taught element of the course
• To enable the student to demonstrate a mastery of a specific area of the subject

Learning outcomes

A. Knowledge and understanding
LO1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of research methodologies and techniques
LO2 Evaluate other perspectives in relation to their chosen topic
B. Intellectual skills
LO3 Evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of their own and others research
LO4 Draw (and justify) conclusions from the results
LO5 Understand the impact of the research and recommend future direction of the research
LO6 Show critical thinking capacity, including abstraction, analysis and critical judgement
C. Practical skills
LO7 Produce an extended piece of writing with a clear structure in an appropriate style and uses a conventional system of full and accurate referencing
LO8 Plan and undertake a research project that focuses on a specific area in experimental cancer medicine
LO9 Conduct a critical review of the literature and the current status of research in the chosen field
LO10 Document data, analyse using appropriate methods (e.g., statistical methods; data manipulation methods)
D. Transferable skills and personal qualities
LO11 Engage in academic and professional communication with others
LO12 Show initiative and self-direction in academic and professional development
LO13 Undertake independent study and manage time appropriately
LO14 Use appropriate software for presentation of a professional academic report
LO15 Behave in a professional manner and follow professional conduct guidelines.

Teaching and learning methods

A range of teaching, learning and assessments are utilised in order to assess the students’ knowledge, understanding, and developing intellectual and practical skills. Summative assessments include a variety of reports (e.g., strategies, plans, audits) literature reviews, critical appraisals/reviews of published work/government guidelines and presentation of different types of work.

The programme also places an emphasis on group work as this a vital skill for persons operating in a multi-disciplinary area such as experimental cancer medicine, and this is shown in the teaching methods and assignments.  Each experimental cancer medicine specific unit has different emphasis on the group work assessment based on the nature of the material being covered; how they are to apply the knowledge and the work they are to complete. 

Written assignments based on problem-solving work assess the students’ ability to gather information from a wide range of sources, evaluate and critically analyse information, make considered judgements about that information and synthesise material into logical and coherent pieces of work. Analytical assignments prepare students on practical skills gained from the course. All assignments also assess the ability of students to develop their knowledge and understanding of underpinning subjects, concepts and theories. 

On-going, formative assessment and feedback to students is a key feature of the learning materials for this programme. Students will be required to engage in a wide range of interactive exercises to enhance their learning and test their developing knowledge, understanding and skills via eLearning.  In addition, feedback on work is provided in the F2F workshops.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
through data interpretation and literature review
Group/team working
through delivering research projects to dissertation standards
through designing a plan for clinical research projects
taking ownership for defining, delivering, interpreting then communicating research
Project management
two research projects- including this one
Oral communication
by summative course assessments
Problem solving
through engagement with patients cancer disease
the fundamental basis of the year programme
Written communication
by summative course assessments
through awareness and engagement with life skills courses

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

Feedback methods

Students will be given feedback via Turnitin.

Student feedback is the central aspect of how the programmes are organised and developed. Feedback mechanisms include the following:

      I.        Student representation from each year of the programmes on the MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine Programme Committee

    II.        Online feedback questionnaire on which students rate the quality of teaching in terms of delivery, handouts, presentation etc.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Fieldwork 30
Project supervision 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 550

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Natalie Cook Unit coordinator

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