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Unit information: Dissertation in 2020/21

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code DENTM9019
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Barbour
Open unit status Not open



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School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit involves students undertaking an independent project under the supervision of a nominated supervisor. The student will conduct an evidence-based project on a topic related to their discipline. Most students undertake either an evidence-based clinical review or data analysis project.

This unit aims to teach students to appraise the literature utilising an evidence-based approach, design, implement and present their work in a scientific format in the form of a dissertation

Candidates will be able to select a project topic offered from a range of potential projects.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Be able to conduct a literature review
  • Be able to design methods to collect and analyse evidence or data as applicable utilising an evidence-based approach on a topic related to the field
  • Be able to present their work in a scientific format in the form of a dissertation

Teaching details


Students will be required to meet their supervisor within the first six weeks and submit a written proposal to the Unit organiser by week 12. Meetings can be by telephone or Skype as this may be more manageable for students. The proposal should be approved by the Unit Lead.

Progress Monitoring:

Students should contact their supervisors by e-mail every month, meeting via Skype if required. The Unit Lead will track progress by e-mail on a monthly basis. Progress will be assessed against the timetable submitted with their proposal. Students whose progress is deemed unsatisfactory may be required to attend an interview with the Unit Lead and their supervisor.

Assessment Details

Students will be required to submit a full draft of their dissertation two months before the final deadline to allow for a full read through and timely feedback that they can act on ahead of the final submission.

The project dissertation contributes 100% of the unit mark.

Reading and References

Boland A, Cherry MG, Dickson R. (2014). Doing a systematic review. Sage Publications, London.