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Postgraduate Course: MScCT Dissertation (MCLM11026)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course equips students with the skills and knowledge to deliver and communicate a dissertation project, relevant to their current or future career in clinical trials.
Course description This course builds on the knowledge and skills attained in the previous 120 credits of the programme. Students will learn how to develop and design a clinical trial or a research question related to clinical trials. Students will be introduced to a range of research methodologies and skills necessary to explore the identified topic area. This will include consideration of ethical issues, critical appraisal of relevant literature and identification and application of relevant research methods. Students will communicate their research findings using appropriate media. Students will critically reflect on their learning journey throughout and be expected to work independently with regular support and supervision.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Online Activities 60, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 40, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Revision Session Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 408 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of ethical concepts and principles relating to issues and processes in clinical trial design and research.
  2. Apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding, including methodological and analytical skills to design a clinical trial or related research to deliver dissertation project.
  3. Critically review and appraise relevant literature to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the research area and or apply to clinical trial design
  4. Critically reflect and exercise autonomy of own personal professional development and contribute to change/development or new thinking within clinical trials.
Reading List
Please refer to programme handbook
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Personal Effectiveness: Planning organising and time management, professional awareness
Research and enquiry: Problem solving, critical thinking, handling complexity and ambiguity, knowledge integration and application, digital literacy.
Communication: cross cultural communication, written communications, verbal communication and presentation, interpersonal skills
Personal and intellectual autonomy: Decision making, self-awareness and reflection, independent learning and development, creative and inventive thinking.
Special Arrangements No
Study Abroad No
Additional Class Delivery Information Supported with online teaching content and lectures.
Keywordsclinical trials,study design,dissertation,research,research methods,communication,research question
Course organiserDr Afshan Dean
Tel: (0131 6)51 5440
Course secretaryMs Rebecca Sewell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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