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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5272M Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 16

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Paul Marshall

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Jan (13mth), 1 Sep to 31 Aug (24mth), Sep to Aug View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Registered for the MSc in Clinical Research Methods


HECS5002MEvidence Based Practice
HECS5008MAccrediting Learning from Study Days
HECS5237MIntroduction to Qualitative Research
MEDR3010Introducing Research
MEDR3020Writing/Disseminating Research
MEDR5100MCapturing Data Research
MEDR5110MHandling Data Research

This module is not approved as an Elective


By the end of the module students will be able to carry out a piece of empirical research in a clinical practice environment, addressing a research question relevant to their area of clinical practice.

Learning outcomes
1. Critical evaluation of relevant literature related to specific research question developed from the clinical practice environment.
2. Demonstrate ability to critique and evaluate different research methods that could be used to address a specific research question.
3. The ability to plan and conduct a substantial clinically focused empirical research study, providing an evaluation and justification of the approaches taken.
4. Carry out appropriate analysis of data collected, discussing strengths and limitations of the approaches used.
5. Demonstrate the ability to provide a written report of the research undertaken, providing a critical evaluation of the implications of the findings for clinical practice.
6. Generate a dissemination and implementation plan that will enhance practice.

Skills outcomes
-literature reviewing and development of research questions
- involving public and patients in health research
-obtaining research ethics and governance approvals for health research
research /project design/project management
-data collection and data analysis
-writing research reports
-dissemination of research findings


This module will enable students to formulate and operationalise a clear research question that is relevant to the clinical practice environment and appropriate for investigation using primary data collection. They will then be required to carry out a piece of empirical clinical research, under academic supervision.

Seminar discussions will include discussion of issues surrounding the design and management of clinical research, including considerations such as Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in research, negotiating the research ethics and governance processes and how to ensure that research results are implemented in practice settings (Impact).

Students will be encouraged and supported by academic supervisors who have experience in the subject speciality or research methods being used as appropriate. Students will normally have, two academic supervisors; one supervisor may be located in practice.

This dissertation will build upon student's prior learning and enable them to provide an in-depth critical and reflective account drawing on appropriate underpinning theoretical literature. Such literature will be used to support the methodology adopted and methods operationalised to explain the clinical issue and to explain the implications of the student's findings. Information will be presented in a format suitable for dissemination.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings121.0012.00
Private study hours576.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Develop the proposal
Literature searching
Obtaining ethical and research governance approvals (where appropriate)
Undertake the proposed research
Academic supervision

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Review of the proposal by an academic panel
- Ethics and Research governance process as appropriate
- Academic supervision

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationA dissertation of 12,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 17/12/2019


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