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PATH3050 Research Project in Clinical Sciences

60 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Karen Lee/Dr Mark Drinkhill

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB at a UK University or international equivalent. For international students, proof of proficiency in the English language will be required, a minimum of English GCSE Grade B or IELTS 7.5 (including 7.5 in spoken English), or equivalent.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary



Provide students with a supervised programme of research;
Improve the students' skills of literature searching, scientific writing, data management and oral communication;
Develop the ability of students to present evidence-based judgements related to the outcomes of the research;

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Undertake a programme of research, with reference to hypothesis testing and project management;
Conduct a literature search and a critical review using library and computing facilities;
Prepare a report in the style of a scientific paper submitted to a journal;
Make coherent oral presentations on the aims and the outcomes of the research to academic audiences and be able to respond to questions and justify their conclusions.

Skills outcomes
Research skills specific for the type of research project undertaken (eg laboratory methods, data analysis)


Students undertake a research project of six months' duration which is usually laboratory-based. Before selecting a project the student is encouraged to discuss the details of the research work with the prospective supervisor. Each project is supervised by a member of the University staff but, in addition, students may liaise with other students and staff. Each student will make a presentation in November on the aims of his/her research project. The presentation will be marked by the tutorial group using criteria established by the group prior to presentation. This is a formative experience.

The student submits a literature review after the Christmas break and a journal-style research paper in May for assessment. The final component of the assessment is the 10 minute presentation at the end of the year.

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
Private study hours587.00
Total Contact hours13.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Each student conducts a research project, with the collection of data and interpreting it with reference to published evidence. The project may be laboratory or patient based and involves the student working closely with a supervisor who may be a member of University or NHS staff.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular meetings with supervisors.
Tutorial discussions with other student and staff other than research supervisor.

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
Report4,000 words50.00
Literature Review4,000 words30.00
Oral Presentation10 minutes20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Dates for submission vary year on year and are displayed in the Programme Guide and on the VLE. Compensation of marks from the separate assessed elements is permitted.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:43


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