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Population Health Sciences: Project MED5520P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Independent Research Project for the MSc in Population Health Sciences


Students will attend tutorials regarding the project as well as meetings with their supervisor.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Research dissertation 10,000-12,000 words (85%)


Oral presentation summarising dissertation and findings (15%)

Course Aims

To plan and execute an independent research project on a topic relevant to Population Health Sciences and discuss its findings

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically assess and summarise the literature in the area of the research project

■ Identify an appropriate research question, demonstrating an understanding of the ethical and regulatory issues involved, and taking in to account resources (expertise, time, equipment, budget) available

■ Choose appropriate methods for data collection and/or analysis

■ Plan and carry out a research project

■ Carry out a defined group of practical skills in information retrieval and handling

■ Critically analyse and interpret research data

■ Organise and present a written research project, critically assessing the limitations of the project and the contribution it makes to current knowledge

■ Present research to peers in a concise, critical and clear talk

■ Defend their work in an oral examination

■ Summarise their research in a poster presentation

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.