MSc Clinical Immunology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Research Project 1 (Clinical Immunology)

Unit code MEDN60302
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Medical Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


Research Project 1 consists of two parts. The initial part is a supervised concise literature review based on the research topic for Research Project 2. The second part of the unit will involve students formulating a research project proposal based on Research Project 2.



The unit aims to:

Provide students with experience of designing an original research project. Students will develop abilities: to critically appraise and synthesise published research; formulate and work with a relevant research question and develop research-writing and presentation skills. They will develop skills in critical analysis and evaluation, and research proposal design.


Teaching and learning methods

Regular individual or small group meetings with a nominated project supervisor, guided reading and focused skills support. Progress will be monitored and regular feedback provided.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Develop understanding of the literature in a specific area of clinical and/or medical sciences
  • Understand how to identify an appropriate research question
  • Identify and employ the appropriate research methods and analyses necessary to answer their research question
  • Understand the requirements of scientific writing
  • Understand the requirements of data presentation
  • Understand the ethical issues and processes involved in research

Intellectual skills

  • Critically appraise and synthesise a body of literature relevant to their research question
  • Generate timely and theoretically grounded research questions
  • Consider relevant statistical tools
  • Be able to make a reasoned argument for a particular point of view
  • Be able to draw reasoned conclusions

Practical skills

  • Plan and conduct a detailed, focused and current literature search
  • Implement and manage data collection
  • Research and consider appropriate analytical techniques
  • Consider management and manipulation of datasets

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate independent thought
  • Develop self-management project skills (e.g. time management, prioritisation of tasks)
  • Command an appropriate battery of communication skills – oral and written – to engage in constructive dialogue with peers and supervisor, and to present work based on the Research Project 1

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 40%
Report 40%
Oral assessment/presentation 20%

The second summative piece of assessment after the Literature report will be a research project proposal.

Students will also be expected to completed 2 formative reflective reports from research seminars.

Feedback methods

Marks will be provided online within 3/4 weeks of assessment deadline

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 300

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joanne Pennock Unit coordinator

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