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Genetic Counselling Dissertation MED5426P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent investigative project in the field of Genetic or Genomic Counselling.



Requirements of Entry

Completion of year 1 taught courses and year 2 placements of MSc Genetic & Genomic Counselling


Presentation [5%]

Dissertation written report (up to 10,000 words) [75%]

Poster presentation [5%]

Viva with two internal examiners [15%]

Course Aims

The course aims to allow students to select a topic or problem of personal interest relevant to Genetic or Genomic Counselling, 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 Genetic and Genomic Counselling, applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods appropriately;

■ 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 colleagues;

■ 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;

■ 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.