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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5028M Final Year Project

30 creditsClass Size: 105

Module manager: Dr Julia Csikar/Mrs Jenny Owen

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 May (21mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


DSUR3014Undergraduate Projects
DSUR3015Clinical Skills B
DSUR3019Child Centred Dentistry 1
DSUR3210Illness and Well-being
DSUR3240Clinical Practice 3
DSUR3250Personal Professional Development 3


DSUR3301Clinical Medical Sciences 1
DSUR3310Complex Adult Dentistry
DSUR3330Child Centred Dentistry 2
DSUR5050MClinical Practice 4

Module replaces

New module but absorbs DSUR5052M New Horizons

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is focused upon offering the students an understanding of research methods and ethics. After a short course of masters level lectures the students will undertake a research project to build upon their previous skills and knowledge in critical appraisal though experiential learning of one or more research methodologies. Projects are selected on the basis that they will contribute something of importance to one of the following: the school of dentistry/university; the community around us or will address a current gap in research knowledge.


On completion of this module, students should be able to.
Develop and undertake a research project culminating in a project proposal, ethical approvals (if appropriate) and a written report. To enable this, the student will be equipped with an understanding of research methodology and ethics.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module students should demonstrate the ability to:
1. Systematically search, identify and critically appraise relevant literature to identify gaps in research evidence to formulate an appropriate research question.
2. Effectively communicate, through scientific writing, the conduct of a piece of research that demonstrates a critical awareness of ethical issues and the development of specialist and in-depth knowledge of a subject area.
3. Plan and execute a research investigation using appropriate methodology and to critically analyse the results in order to draw valid conclusions.
4. Demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development through exhibiting good organisational and time management skills; working autonomously in the planning and implementation of tasks, and coping with complex and unpredictable situations as they arise.

Skills outcomes
• Information searching skills
• Critical and analytical skills
• Project planning, organisational and project management skills
• Experimental skills (as relevant to the project)
• Writing skills (preparation of report)


The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to enhance and develop skills that underpin research practice. This module will integrate aspects of the `Introduction to Research Methodology and Ethics' module which forms part of the School of Dentistry's postgraduate MSc and Professional Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry. You will then undertake a project and produce an individual write-up putting these newly acquired skills to practice. This project will further embed our research led curriculum and allow you to enhance and develop higher level learning skills such as critical thinking, self-management and dealing with complex issues and will provide you with invaluable experience in planning and executing a masters level project.

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
Mini Conference41.004.00
Private study hours286.00
Total Contact hours14.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will conduct literature reviews of the topic of their research project and utilise this private study time to conduct their research. Students will organise themselves within research topic groups to share core information amongst themselves on different methodological approaches to answer research questions.

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
Research ProposalProject proposal of 1,500 words20.00
ReportIn the format of a journal article of 4,000 words submitted at the end of first semester in year 580.00
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: 30/06/2021 16:21:04


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