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IDEA5402M Dissertation (MRes)

150 creditsClass Size: 10

In light of the effect of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions on students' learning experiences, the School of PRHS have made the decision to modify assessment in Semester 2 modules in the 2020-21 academic year. Changes may involve reducing the number of assessment points (e.g. assessing one essay rather than two) or reducing word counts where it is possible to do so whilst protecting the integrity of the module's Learning Outcomes. Information on any changes to assessment is available to enrolled students in the Minerva module area, and can also be sought from the module leader or the PRHS SES team.

Module manager: Professor C Megone

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Supervised development of an independent and critical piece of work on a selected topic within the field of medical ethics.


On completion of this module, students should be able to produce an independent piece of work analysing in detail an aspect of medical ethics. The work should enable students to exhibit both some awareness of detail of theoretical ethical considerations and to indicate their application to issues in medical ethics, where relevant making use of experience in the context of professional life in medicine and healthcare.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have an ability to:

• Understand the critical issues bearing on an aspect of medical ethics in significant depth;
• Evaluate critically and in detail some of the main theoretical approaches to a particular issue in medical ethics;
• Apply this understanding to the thoughtful development of a significant line of argument regarding an issue in medical ethics, which reflects their own critical engagement with the material studied.


To be developed in consultation with personal supervisor.

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
Independent online learning hours1,485.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)1,500.00

Private study

Up to 800 hours gathering and reading resources, note-taking and thinking
Up to 700 hours drafting and redrafting for dissertation

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 DissertationDissertation 20,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will be supervised by a tutor and required to submit draft portions of their project, and submit their project at the end of the academic year.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:24


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