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Unit information: Research Project in 2018/19

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Unit name Research Project
Unit code MEDIM7100
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Hans Reul
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The research project consists of full-time laboratory work followed by the writing of a dissertation and a presentation during a Research Colloquium. The student will design and execute experiments, critically assess the results, integrate the new information into the broad body of scientific knowledge, and present and defend his/her ideas through written and spoken communication.

The aims of the research project are to:

  1. Equip the student with hands-on research experience.
  2. Give the student guided experience in the planning and execution of experiments.
  3. Enable the student to critically evaluate experimental data.
  4. Expose the student to the processes by which scientific results are communicated and debated.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. perform experiments independently as far as feasible after a laboratory training period.
  2. write a concise thesis including appropriate analysis and critical discussion of the obtained results.
  3. give a clear presentation covering an introduction of the field of research, the aims of the study, the methods used, the data obtained, and a critical evaluation of these data in the light of the status of scientific knowledge.

Teaching details

This unit is taught through training in the laboratory and discussion with the supervisor.

Assessment Details

This unit is assessed through a combination of 6500-word dissertation (70%), performance in the laboratory (10%) and an oral presentation during the annual Research Colloquium (20%).

Reading and References

Selected relevant review papers from the literature.