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Unit information: Project Proposal in Health Sciences in 2021/22

Unit name Project Proposal in Health Sciences
Unit code MEDIM0016
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Holmes
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit comprises of the writing and presentation of a research project proposal based on the student's individual chosen project which will be undertaken during the research phase of the MRes programme (Unit 5 – Research Project).

The aims of this unit are to:

  • To ensure students have a good understanding of the scientific background of the chosen area of research before beginning their own research projects within that area.
  • To ensure students have a clear understanding of their project aims and the methods by which they will be achieved.
  • Provide experience in the acquisition and analysis of subject-specific information.
  • Consolidate the learning from other units including: Critical evaluation of scientific papers; formulation of hypothesis-driven research questions; understand relevant experimental techniques; research methodology and statistical analysis; research ethics. To apply that knowledge to design, plan and write a research study proposal.
  • To provide students with transferable skills in: IT; oral and written scientific communication; research ethics; planning, organisation and time management.

The proposal includes:

A review of the literature relevant to the research project (approximately 3000 words);

the aims of the project;

the impact of the project

a plan of the proposed research, including the experimental design, methods and proposed analysis;

ethical considerations

contingency plans;

a timetable and milestones;

references (total length 4500 words maximum, excluding references).

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Perform computer based searches of the scientific literature.
  • Critically read and evaluate scientific papers.
  • Formulate concise hypothesis-driven research questions.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of scientific techniques and statistical methods.
  • Write and orally present proposals that use appropriate scientific terminology and descriptions.
  • Understand the principles underlying research ethics.
  • Value the importance of time-managing a research project.

Teaching details

Attendance at a grant-writing workshop. Directed reading. Guidance from project supervisor.

Assessment Details

Research proposal contributing 90% to the unit mark

Oral presentation of the research proposal contributing 10% to the unit mark


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