Postgraduate taught 

Clinical Pharmacology MSc(MedSci)

Clinical Pharmacology Dissertation MED5105P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students plan and execute an independent research project, audit or critical review of the literature in the area of (or related to) clinical pharmacology, in order to produce a written dissertation and poster in which they present and discuss the conclusions of the research.


The project will normally be carried out full-time, commencing after the written exam diet in April / May, completing by the end of August. There may be occasional short sessions during semester 2 to organise and prepare for the project.


Final dissertation (~ 6,000 - 8,000 words; 70%)

Preparation and presentation of poster (30%).

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with the experience of planning, executing, analysing, interpreting and discussing a short, defined research project, in the setting of clinical pharmacology or closely related areas; and to develop the intellectual, analytical, technical and critical skills necessary to successfully accomplish this aim.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students should be able to

·Critically assess and summarise the literature in the area of the research project,
 highlighting gaps in knowledge

- Synthesise appropriate research aims and hypotheses
·Plan a
nd execute a research project, a systematic literature review, or an information / data audit,
·Perform a defined group of practical laboratory and/or clinical skills, or, in non-laboratory projects, the skills of information retrieval and handling,

opriately analyse and interpret data,

-Organise and present a research report, which communicates data in a systematic and concise manner; critically assesses the strengths and limitations of the project; and discusses the contribution the findings make in the context of existing knowledge.

-Prepare and present a scientific poster, summarising their project.

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.