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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation MSc Internal Medicine (IMED11018)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis is the Year 3 Dissertation option for the Masters in Internal Medicine.
Course description Students will be asked to research and write a reflective element (10-15,000 words). This may either be a piece of original research (lab, translational or clinical), an extensive audit project or a systematic review. The subject matter must be relevant to the area of clinical medicine and we would envisage that students would consider something in their chosen specialty area. Before beginning, a detailed assignment proposal must be submitted and approved by the candidate's supervisor, and the Course organiser.

This feature will require a high level of commitment and application from the candidate and provides a valuable exercise in the writing and presentation of information to a standard that engages appropriately with academic conventions in relation to style, tone, structuring and referencing. As an integral element of the final year the student will have ready access to a variety of research methods training to provide the skills required for successful completion of the dissertation.

Supervision for this element of the MSc will be provided by existing academic staff and subject experts currently employed by the University of Edinburgh, National Health Service staff. Candidates will also be encouraged, where appropriate, to work closely with senior staff at their home institutions. Where a suitable academic link exists, these staff may be contracted to provide additional formal supervisory support.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills practices and thinking in the approach to formal academic writing
  2. Demonstrate an ability to conduct a literature review and data collection at an advanced level
  3. Demonstrate a high level of ethical consideration, citation, statistical analysis, and research methodology
  4. Execute the research at a level that can be considered for publication standards
Reading List
Key articles will be referred to at relevant points during the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
1. In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
2. Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
3. Be a self-directed learner
4. Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
5. Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
6. Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
7. Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
8. Application of numeracy
9. Application of IT
KeywordsInternal Medicine,Dissertation,Thesis
Course organiserDr Frances Parry
Tel: (0131 5)37 1822
Course secretaryMiss Shu Yang
Tel: 0131 537 2503
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