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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Pharmacy Research Dissertation

Unit code PHAR62230
Credit rating 60
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


Under supervision students will produce a research dissertation, reporting the background, aims, results and conclusions of a study related to community pharmacy public health. The dissertation will consist of a detailed literature review and theoretical background. It will include a critical review of the literature and any previous work in the area. It will consist of a clear description of methods and analysis of data appropriate for addressing the research questions/hypotheses. It will consist of a detailed interpretation and discussion of the findings. 



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Research Methods PHAR60512 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to enable students to:

  • demonstrate a fully informed, critical and analytical understanding of a significant issue related to community pharmacy public health through an original research project;
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research;
  • consolidate their ability to critically analyse literature;
  • consolidate their understanding of research processes;
  • demonstrate independent learning.

Teaching and learning methods


All learning and teaching processes for this programme will be delivered through e-learning resources based around Blackboard version 9

5 x 2hour webinars covering research skills, development and presentation of project ideas

Each student will have a personal supervisor who will be a recognised educationalist employed by the University 


Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of different theoretical concepts as they apply to the area of research.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the different methods and approaches to data collection depending on the research questions, and their relative values to the research enquiry.
  • Understand ethical issues and processes as appropriate to the area of research.


Intellectual skills

  • Critically demonstrate considerable in-depth skills in terms of research; critical thinking, reasoning, and analysis and synthesis of information.
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret data from the specific enquiry.

Practical skills

  • Use literature searching skills together with discrimination skills in relation to the appropriateness and relevance of available evidence to support academic reasoning.
  • Demonstrate skills and expertise in academic writing, scholarship and authorship, including skills of referencing and the production of reference list.
  • Work with appropriate data analytic techniques and software (eg SPSS).


Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • In-depth and extensive capabilities in the analysis and synthesis of new and past evidence on the topic, as demonstrated and applied to their area of research.
  • Engage in systematic and critical reflection of personal practice and the practice of others in relation to the enquiry.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Project supervision 15
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 575

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Sarah Willis Unit coordinator

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