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Unit information: Pharmacology Research project in 2020/21

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Unit name Pharmacology Research project
Unit code PHPH30006
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Kennedy
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


Students will conduct an original research project and present their findings in the form of a research dissertation and presentation. The unit aims to encourage students to investigate a specific research question in considerable depth and to develop an understanding of the process of scientific research. The project can take two foms:

  • Experimental projects involve the design, conduct and analysis of experiments. Students may collect their own data or analyse existing data.
  • Non-experimental projects are based on research of the scientific literature and require a detailed literature review on a particular research question and to propose a programme of further research.

All of these are carried out at an advanced level, with much more independent direction and critical evaluation expected from the students than in previous years of study. Students express their preference from a range of projects and projects are allocated on this basis whenever possible. The unit aims to develop key research and analytical skills in pharmacology. Students will gain experience of pharmacological research and gain an understanding of scientific enquiry through project work.

Intended learning outcomes

Outcomes applicable to all types of research project include:

  • Ability to formulate hypotheses and to critically analyse theories and concepts
  • Ability to disseminate experimental observations in written accounts and in poster presentations.
  • Scientific experimental design and execution
  • Research and analytical skills
  • The ability to critically evaluate scientific data and literature and appraise competing theories
  • Problem solving skills
  • IT skills
  • Scientific report writing.

Teaching details

Students are expected to demonstrate self-direction, motivation and independent thought throughout their project. In addition, students should expect:

  • Project planning and discussion meetings with supervisors
  • Training in experimental techniques and data analysis, as appropriate

Assessment Details

Project Dissertation 80%

Supervisor's report 10%

Poster presentation of project work 10%

Reading and References

Reviews and primary articles from the current scientific literature.