Digital Health Interventions - Dissertation MED5604

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Students will complete a substantive piece of independent work involving an analysis of primary or secondary data and or existing literature.


Students will spend the summer semester working with their supervisor on their dissertation.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Digital Health Interventions - internship




Dissertation (up to 10,000 words approx.) - 60%


Supervisor report - 20%


Poster presentation - 20%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The supervisor report is cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in core and optional courses to review and critique the scientific and other literature, collate and analyse primary or secondary data and or existing data in the published literature, interpret the findings of these analyses and effectively communicate these findings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Critically evaluate scientific and other bodies of literature.

2. Critically evaluate data and published evidence to answer a research question, producing potential recommendations for future intervention development and or policy with a view to make balanced conclusions.

3. Critically discuss and reflect on issues of ethics, safety, privacy and information governance.

4. Clearly and concisely summarise these procedures in the form of a written dissertation.

5. Present a critical discussion of their research findings and the relevance of their work for the broader research area.

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.