Postgraduate taught 

Primary Health Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Primary Care Research Project (Online) MED5443P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: 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

Students must complete a project and dissertation based on a substantive piece of structured inquiry or research. This can take several forms but must be an independent piece of work that demonstrates an in depth critical understanding of the topic being explored.

Timetable

For full-time students, supervisors will be assigned in Semester 1 following completion of the Research Methods course; project development and conduct will take place in Semester 2 with the bulk of work being completed from April to August. For part-time students, supervisors will be assigned when the student chooses a project topic; the time taken to complete the research project will vary but students are expected to submit their dissertation within one year of commencing.

Practical support for the research project will be offered through online tutorials, demonstrations and workshops. The student will arrange regular supervision meetings with their supervisor throughout the course of the research project via Skype, telephone or Big Blue Button.

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

■ 1000 word protocol (20%)

■ 6000-8000 word structured report including abstract (80%)

Course Aims

The overall aim of the research project is to enable students to undertake an independent piece of original research or structured inquiry. Student's performance will be assessed against the educational objectives of breadth, depth, synthesis and originality. Students will develop a practical understanding of the research process and be able to complete a written dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Design an appropriate research protocol to address research questions related to Primary Care.

2. Critically evaluate the ethical considerations and research governance issues of a research study and take appropriate action.

3. Complete the research process from articulating aims and objectives, through selection and justification of the most appropriate methodological approach, sampling, data collection, analyses and writing up.

4. Undertake and present a comprehensive literature review with clear arguments and in-depth critical appraisal.

5. Write up, synthesise and report on the findings of the project using a suitable academic writing and presentation style.

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.