Postgraduate taught 

Sport & Exercise Science & Medicine MSc

MSc Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine - Dissertation MED5212P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Project for MSc in Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine programme




Submission of a dissertation in the form of an original research project or similarly substantial piece of work  prepared for an appropriate scientific journal (plus an outline of literature search strategy and justification of choice of journal to submit to (60% of Grade). Word count for paper will be in accord with selected journal's instructions to authors.


Viva examination including an oral presentation summarising dissertation and findings (25% of Grade)


Poster presentation, assessed by peers and course tutors (15% of Grade)

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

To plan and execute an independent research project on a topic relevant to Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine and to present and discuss it's findings

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically assess and summarise the literature in the area of the research project

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

■ Choose appropriate methods for data collection and/or analysis

■ Plan and carry out a research project

■ Carry out a defined group of practical skills. In laboratory projects these will include the use of certain apparatus and the appropriate handling of human subjects or tissues, or of animal preparations: in dry projects, the skills will be of information retrieval and handling

■ Analyse and interpret research data

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

■ Present research to peers in a concise, critical and clear talk

■ Defend their work in a viva examination

■ Summarise their research in a poster presentation

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits