UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Research Project - Dissertation

The Research Project is the largest single component of the MSc, contributing one third of the credits. This is a key component that distinguishes the MSc from the Diploma. The aim of this piece of work is to demonstrate the skills students have learnt on the course. Specifically this will entail asking a good research question, selecting appropriate methods to answer that question (with respect to population, interventions and outcomes), managing and analysing data appropriately, making valid inferences from results and expressing the findings clearly and logically

MSc students on the Physiotherapy programmes are expected to submit a dissertation and students will be supported in:

  • Practicalities of research
  • Developing a critical approach to the research of others
  • Self-directed research and project design
  • Writing a literature review
  • Research ethics committee applications
  • Conducting independent research
  • Dissertation structure and preparing a professional dissertation
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Generating data for possible publication in a peer-reviewed journal, or a poster presentation at a relevant conference


This module will be assessed by the research project dissertation (80%) and presentation (20%).