Module MSE-3008:

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Miss Alyson Moyes

Overall aims and purpose

The Dissertation is student-led under the oversight of an academic supervisor. The student can choose to collect primary data or utilise datasets or analyse data within the literature.

Course content

There is no set syllabus. The subject matter can be drawn from any area of medicine, medical related, management of resources, clinical governance, biomedical science including tropical disease, history of anatomy, anatomy procedures, providing there is suitable and sufficient reading material available, and a member of staff is available to supervise in the chosen area of study. Students choose their topic from a suggested list in consultation with the module organiser and other members of staff at the start of the academic year.

Assessment Criteria


Category D (40%-49%)

A student must demonstrate a basic understanding of the purpose of the work and of its content.
The hypothesis or research need is not defined. The conclusions are not supported by evidence.The written dissertation will contain an adequate introduction to the analysis of the outcomes. A variety of literature and grey literature will have been reviewed. There is evidence of a basic understanding of the topic. the display items are of poor quality and/or not supported by captions.

C- to C+

Category C (50%-59%):

Fairly well conducted research showing an understanding of the purpose of the work and its relation to the progress of medical science. The hypothesis or research need is not clearly defined. the conclusions are not well supported by evidence. There will be omissions in the literature review, however there is evidence of a good knowledge of the topic. Neither evidence of critical thinking nor of wider reading. The written dissertation is well written with adherence to marking criteria.

The display items are of medium quality, not self-designed and supported by partly incomplete captions.


Category B (60%-69%):

This category indicates that the student has applied expertise and imagination to the conduction of the work in a well document manner.

The hypothesis is illustrated, the research need is explained, conclusions are supported by evidence.

The written dissertation will be comprehensive and show clear knowledge of the available literature and/or analysis tools. References are up to date peer reviewed. The written work will be clear and comprehensive. There may be limited evidence of original thinking and wider reading.

The display items are of high quality, self-designed supported by complete captions.


Category A (70%-100%):

This mark indicates the student has developed a thorough understanding of the relevant materials and has applied own ideas and concepts to the work. The hypothesis is clearly illustrated, the research need is explained, conclusions are well supported by evidence.

The dissertation will be written in a style and quality approaching that of a publishable paper. It will provide an incisive analysis and interpretation of the research output. If statistical and/or bioinformatical tools are used, their application will be correct and creative.

The display items are of high quality, self-designed supported by complete captions.

Evidence of wider reading & critical thinking is required for A+ and A* marks.

Learning outcomes

  1. Be able to apply scientific writing & presentation skills to communicate your work including the design of figures, graphs, videos, blogs, tables, abstracts or lay summaries.

  2. Apply knowledge and understanding to plan and execute an extended, hypothesis-driven research project utilizing the scientific literature, diverse data bases, experimental or medical data sets, or case studies on topical medical, medical related or science based questions or developments.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to structure and organise a scientific piece of work.

  4. Produce a written document at an appropriate level detailing the rationale & hypothesis of the work, its main findings and conclusions. The layout must adhere to that specified in the module handbook. Please see guidance on the Blackboard site.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
DISSERTATION Dissertation 80

Teaching and Learning Strategy


9 X 2 hour lectures

Individual Project

Protected individual study time is provided for students in a booked computer room, to allow students time to concentrate on writing their dissertations.

During this allocated time it may also be possible for students to meet with their project supervisors.

However please note it is the student’s responsibility to initiate meetings and maintain regular contact with their dissertation supervisor

Private study

Students use this time to work on allocated assignments and to build understanding of taught content.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others