Medical Genetics Dissertation MED5329P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course will provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent investigative project in the field of Medical Genetics. 



Meetings with supervisor are arranged on an individual basis; scheduled sessions will include.

Symposium (around week 49)

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


As stated in the generic regulations for Taught Masters courses, students will be permitted to progress to the dissertation only if they have obtained a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses with at least 75% of the credits at grade D3 or better and all credits at grade F and above.

Excluded Courses





Symposium presentation [15 %]

Dissertation written report (5,000-6,000 words) [60 %]

Supervisor's report [25 %]

Course Aims

The course aims to allow students to select a topic or problem of personal interest, undertake independent research in the area they have chosen, and produce a comprehensive, concise and critical report as well as oral and poster presentations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically design, plan and execute an investigation of a problem related to Medical Genetics;

■ critically evaluate and analyse the evidence, draw conclusions and develop plans for further research or improved genetic services, identifying key areas where future investigation is needed;

■ summarize and critique their own and prior research findings in oral presentations and posters, and communicate effectively with peers and supervisors;

■ present their findings in the form of a critical written report, in correct scientific style using a range of appropriate computer software (e.g. Word, Reference Manager, Excel);

■ take responsibility for the investigation with a degree of autonomy appropriate to the type of project;

■ plan and manage time effectively by prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines;

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.