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Unit information: Research Project in 2020/21

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Unit name Research Project
Unit code SOCSM0016
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Holmes
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


During this unit students will conduct a research-based project on a topic related to the field of cardiovascular medicine and perfusion science. The students can choose if they wish to do a laboratory / clinical based ‘wet’ research project or a ‘dry’ literature, research proposal or data analysis project. This unit aims to teach students to design and conduct good quality research in the field of cardiovascular medicine and perfusion science. Candidates will be able to select a project topic offered from a range of potential projects or develop their own ideas.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Undertake a literature search in their field of study within the areas of cardiovascular disease and perfusion science.
  • Design and undertake a research project (literature review, project proposal, data analysis or lab / clinical-based practical project.
  • Critically analyse research data
  • Present and discuss findings.

Teaching details

  • Tutorials
  • Self-directed study
  • Guidance from project supervisors
  • Practical techniques / data collection methodology in the case of experimental research projects

Assessment Details

  • Review essay (3000 words), contributing 10% to the unit.
  • Dissertation (7000 words), contributing 70% to the unit mark
  • Oral presentation and viva, contributing 20% to the unit mark

Reading and References

References related to the specific topic will be suggested by the supervisor once the projects have been allocated