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Modules and Structure

Term 1

Foundations of Biomedical Sciences (15 Credits)

Aims
  • To expose students (BSc and MBBS) to cutting-edge research in a wide-spectrum of Biomedical disciplines thus providing opportunities for students to hone in on the area of their own interest.
  • Detailed tutorials on practical and theoretical aspects of laboratory techniques and critical analysis, thus aiding the student in their subsequent research experience.
  • Active participation in 'Oral Presentation' of scientific papers to enhance presentational skills.

Research Methods & Statistics (15 Credits)

Aims

This course in medical statistics covers the following topics:

  • introduction, types of data and graphical displays
  • summarising data
  • reliability and validity
  • confidence intervals and p-values
  • hypothesis testing
  • proportions
  • sample size
  • non-parametric tests
  • categoric data
  • confounding factors

Understanding research and critical appraisal: Biomedicine (15 Credits)

This module commences in term 1 but runs throughout the academic year.

  • This module aims to provide students with the transferable skills used in a career in biomedicine and the skills to improve subsequent job applications in biomedicine
  • It will provide students with an increased understanding of the scientific method and concepts of experimental design applied to Biomedicine.
  • It will provide the students  with critical thinking skills and the ability to evaluate data presented in scientific talks and papers.
  • By attending a day-long symposium, presenting a poster, and giving an oral presentation at the symposium, the students will become familiar with scientific communication and discussion.
  • The students will have acquired new transferable skills that will be used in biomedical jobs, and improved their existing transferable skills set.
  • The module will enable students to have an increased understanding of the scientific approach to addressing problems in biomedicine.
  • Student will understand what is required in applications for biomedical related jobs and PhDs.
  • Students will be able to read a paper or attend a presentation and be able to critically evaluate the data and conclusions.
  • Students will become familiar with common modes of scientific communication, be able to give presentations about their work, discuss their research on a poster, and talk to other people about their research.

Term 2

Ten Week Mini Research Project (45 Credits)

Aims
  • The Mini Research Project is aimed at developing specific skills in a research field of a student’s own choosing as well as a range of research methodology in the Biomedical Sciences.
  • It begins in January and finishes in March. The write up is no more than 6,000 words excluding references.

In relation to both Mini and Maxi Projects, students are expected to perform hypothesis-driven research which complements ongoing research in their laboratory of choice. Some students have enjoyed co-authorships on papers generated both during the mini and the maxi-projects. Students are encouraged to choose two different projects with the aim of experiencing a range of research areas. Such a robust grounding is a great asset prior to commencing a PhD.

Term 3

20 Week Maxi Research Project (90 Credits)

Aims
  • The Maxi Research Project is also aimed at developing specific skills in a research field of a student’s own choosing as well as a range of research methodology in the Biomedical Sciences. It also includes a VIVA examination.
  • It begins in April and finishes in early September, and is more substantial than the mini project. The dissertation is a maximum of 10,000 words excluding references and appendices.


In relation to both Mini and Maxi Projects, students are expected to perform hypothesis-driven research which complements ongoing research in their laboratory of choice. Some students have enjoyed co-authorships on papers generated both during the mini and the maxi-projects. Students are encouraged to choose two different projects with the aim of experiencing a range of research areas. Such a robust grounding is a great asset prior to commencing a PhD.

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