MSc Clinical Immunology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Research Project 2 (Clinical Immunology)

Unit code MEDN60402
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 Institute of Inflammation and Repair
Available as a free choice unit? No


Under supervision students will carry out a piece of research either laboratory or clinically based. This will involve collecting new information/data or biological/environmental samples or e.g. examining the effectiveness of an intervention. Analysing the collected data using appropriate statistical tests and then interpreting the findings in context of the published literature.


The findings will be presented in a report. The study will address a specific research question in the area of clinical immunology. The report will consist of an introduction, a clear description of methods and presentation and analysis of data and logical interpretation and discussion of the findings. The report will be appropriately referenced and will be formatted and presented according to guidelines given in the handbook.


At a Masters level, the report needs to demonstrate that the student can understand how existing evidence/information relates to a particular question, and how their own work adds to this. Independent thinking is required with an ability to critique ones own work and that of others. Students need to be aware of the implications of their work and defend the findings presented in the dissertation.


The research project proposal from Research Project 1 Unit and the report for the Research Project 2 Unit will be bound together to form a final dissertation for the MSc Clinical Immunology.



The aim of this unit is to develop the student’s critical faculties in research including:

•    Cognitive skills (analysing, synthesising, critical thinking, evaluating and problem solving)

•    Creativity (intellectual insight and argument construction)

•    Knowledge and practical skills (about subject area and research methods)

•    Personal skills (perseverance, self-reflection, responsibility)

•    Self-management (preparation, commitment, time management)

•    Professional conduct (ethics, confidentiality, appropriate practices)

•    Research management (project planning and delivery)

•    Communication and presentation skills (written and oral dissemination of research

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 immunology
  • Understand how to identify an appropriate research question
  • Identify and employ the appropriate research methods and analyses necessary to answer their research question
  • Understand how to interpret their data and the clinical implications
  • Understand the requirements of scientific writing
  • Understand the requirements of data presentation
  • Understand the ethical issues and processes involved in research

Intellectual skills

  • Generate timely and theoretically grounded research questions
  • Analyse data and apply appropriate and relevant statistical tools

Practical skills

  • Implement and manage data collection
  • Conduct appropriate analytical techniques
  • Manage and manipulate datasets

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate independent thought
  • Develop self-management project skills (e.g. time management, prioritisation of tasks)
  • Communicate ideas and data in a concise written form

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

Feedback methods


Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 600

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joanne Pennock Unit coordinator

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