Dissertation in Health Professions Education MED5399P
- Academic Session: 2021-22
- School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
- Credits: 60
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Full Year
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
- Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes
In this course, students will identify an issue and (a) research question(s) in health professions education; and will systematically review, synthesise and critique relevant literature. Students will develop their intellectual and transferable skills whilst producing a tangible outcome, such as a policy document or guidelines for practitioners in their professional context.
Requirements of Entry
Applicants should normally possess a medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession; they should ideally be employed in a relevant professional context. Applications will also be considered from individuals with other relevant degree qualifications (such as a BSc in a biomedical science), who are, or aspire to be, employed in the education of health professionals
Applicants would normally be expected to have completed successfully Years 1 and 2 of the MSc HPE or MSc HPER programmes.
■ Research Dissertation in Health Professions Education
Dissertation of 10,000 words, excluding appendices (100%)
This course aims to give students the opportunity to:
1. Address a question of importance in a specific context in health professions education, by systematically reviewing, synthesising and critiquing relevant literature;
2. Present their response in the form of, for example, a policy document, a new theoretical model, or a set of guidelines for practitioners.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Identify issues of importance in health professions education and formulate research questions to guide a systematic review and critique of the literature on this topic;
2. Design and implement a search strategy to identify relevant literature, exercising an understanding of the full range of available resources;
3. Systematically review literature pertaining to specific issues in health professions education, exercising judgement and rationalising decisions about which literature to include and exclude from subsequent critical analysis;
4. Critically analyse primary research on specific issues in health professions education, in a manner cognisant of alternative methodological approaches;
5. Critically evaluate published arguments, ideas and conclusions pertaining to a specific issue in health professions education;
6. Critically analyse, synthesise, interpret, and draw conclusions from the literature on a specific issue in health professions education;
7. Prepare and present a dissertation that addresses the research question(s) and incorporates a formal response in the form of, for example, a policy document, a new theoretical model, or a set of guidelines for practitioners.
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.