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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Pain Management) (PAMA11052)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical 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
SummaryA dissertation would be undertaken after successful completion of 120 credits and would involve the planning, execution and development of a significant body of clinical or laboratory research. The project for the dissertation would require prior approval but would likely to involve a critical analysis of topic related to the art and practice of pain management using evidence based medicine.
Course description Students will be asked to research and write a reflective element (10 -15,000 words). This may either be a piece of original research (lab, translational or clinical), an extensive audit project or a systematic review. The subject matter must be relevant to the area of clinical medicine and we would envisage that students would consider something in their chosen specialty area. Before beginning, a detailed assignment proposal must be submitted and approved by the candidate's supervisor, and the Course Organiser.

The dissertation will consolidate the knowledge and understanding gained from the first two years/120 credits of study. In providing an opportunity to study a particular topic in depth, the dissertation would develop further the ability to analyse published evidence and apply the principles of evidence based medicine to the professional clinical practice.

The dissertation will require a high level of commitment and application from the candidate and provides a valuable exercise in the writing and presentation of information to a standard that engages appropriately with academic conventions in relation to style, tone, structuring and referencing. As an integral element of the final year, the student will have access to a variety of research methods coursers to help provide the skills required for successful completion of the dissertation.

Supervision for this element of the MSc will be provided by existing academic staff and subject experts currently employed by, but not limited to, the University of Edinburgh, National Health Service and private organisations. Students will be encouraged, where appropriate, to work closely with senior staff at their home institutions. Where a suitable academic link exists, these staff may be contracted to provide additional formal supervisory support.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must have successfully completed 120 credits from the Clinical Management of Pain programme before enrolling on the Dissertation (Pain Management) course.
Additional Costs No
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 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The supervised project will be undertaken in an approved topic which will require the submission of a written dissertation. The dissertation is a written assignment of 10 -15,000 words.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss and display evidence of independent research skills.
  2. Critically reflect on appropriate research literature in a confident manner.
  3. Engage on a sustained project on a chosen topic.
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Course organiserDr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 6130
Course secretaryMs Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000
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