Dissertation for Veterinary Public Health VETMED5003

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Students will complete a detailed and critical evaluation of the literature, incorporating collation, analysis and interpretation of data, and/or an original piece of research, using either publicly available data or data they have generated themselves


This course will run from September to December.

Requirements of Entry

Please refer to Programme Handbook and University Calendar

Excluded Courses



A dissertation, approximately 10,000 words in length.

Course Aims

To provide participants with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in pre-requisite courses to review and critique scientific and other literature, collate and analyse data from disparate sources, interpret the findings of these analyses and communicate these findings effectively to a mixed audience. Each particpant must chose the subject of their own dissertation and produce their own project plan, although support will be provided by the course leader and other staff involved in teaching the pre-requisite courses.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Search, review and critique scientific and other literature.

2. Identify and collect a data from a variety of sources and media including libraries and archives, the world wide web
and professional practice.
3. Critically evaluate data and published evidence, producing potential recommendations for future policy and analyse disparate information with a view to making balanced conclusions as a basis for guiding a decision-making process.

4. Formulate plans to disseminate findings (with any caveats) to a mixed audience.

5. Clearly and concisely summarise these procedures (1-4) in the form of a written dissertation.

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.