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BSc Medical Physiology with a Modern Language

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:

Unit code BIOL21090
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


The dissertation is a unique opportunity for you to investigate an area of life sciences that is of interest to you. There will be a list of available titles from which you will make your preferred choices. Your dissertation may be supervised by a member of our research staff allowing you to gain first-hand knowledge of current research.


  • Literature searching to research a specific scientific topic.
  • Interpretation and analysis of scientific literature.
  • Scientific writing to enable production of a comprehensive literature review.
  • Allow students to explore in depth a topic that is of interest to them.

Learning outcomes

Students should:

  • be able to understand in depth a scientific area of interest to the student
  • be able to critically appraise research papers
  • develop literature searching skills
  • develop scientific writing skills
  • develop lay writing skills (abstract)
  • develop organisational and time management skills
  • develop oral presentation skills (in tutorials)
  • develop written and oral communication skills


The dissertation is a unique opportunity for the student to investigate an area of life sciences that is of interest to them. There will be a list of available topics from which students will make their top 8 preferred choices. Most students will be allocated one of these topics and through discussion with their supervisor be expected to conduct a comprehensive literature review on one aspect of the allocated topic.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Each paper found during the literature search must be read and critically analysed. Students must think about the reliability of the findings of the paper.
Students are expected to carry out an extensive literature review using scientific databases, read scientific papers and then produce a comprehensive literature review on that topic.
Written communication
Students are expected to produce a comprehensive literature review (9 pages in length) on a topic that interests them.
Oral communication skills (in tutorials), organisational and time management skills.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

Feedback methods

Supervisors will comment and provide constructive feedback on one plan and a complete draft of the dissertation prior to submission. Dissertations to be marked using Grademark. Feedback and marks to be returned to students on blackboard.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susan Taylor Unit coordinator

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