Population Health Sciences: Project MED5520P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Students will undertake work on their project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. Projects may comprise: empirical research, secondary data analysis, evaluation or audit, a systematic approach to literature review or case study.


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%) (ILO 1 - 5 & 7-9)


The oral assessment will take the form of a recorded presentation (15%) (ILO 6)

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:

1. Critically assess and summarise the literature in the area of the research project.

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

3. Critically select appropriate methods for data collection and/or analysis.

4. Critically analyse and interpret research data.

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

6. Communicate the findings of their research in a concise, critical and clear talk.

7. Work independently to reach research milestones and satisfactorily complete the research project.

8. Write a concise scientific account of their project work using a scientific style appropriate to the project topic.

9. Identify relevant literature using computerised information systems including electronic bibliographic databases and synthesise extracted data.

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.