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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Stem Cells, Regeneration and Translational Neuroscience (STEM11008)

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
SummaryStudents 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), or a systematic review. The subject matter must be relevant to the areas of stem cells, regenerative and/or translational neuroscience, models and neurodegenerative diseases 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.
Course description The dissertation will be either a piece of original research (lab, translational or clinical), or a systematic review and consist of 10-15,000 words.
The dissertation would 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
This feature 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 ready access to a variety of research methods training to 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 the University of Edinburgh. Candidates will also be encouraged, if 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 None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Online Activities 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 556 )
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 critical understanding and cohesive thinking to link all the key areas students have studied including neurodegenerative diseases, stem cells, models, ethics and stem cell technologies/industry as relevant to their chosen topic
  2. Display evidence-based practice and the application of theory to clinical practice
  3. Evaluate and criticise the relevant literature around their chosen area
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Due to working independently students must show a high degree of autonomy and time management skills to complete their dissertation
2. Students will need to critically assess their own and work as well as their roles and responsibilities via the learning contract
3. Students will need to display a significant individual drive and determination to engage with this course and remain focused
KeywordsStem cells,regeneration,translation,neurodegenerative diseases
Course organiserDr David Hampton
Tel: (0131) 242 9421
Course secretaryMiss Ana-Maria Lungu
Tel: 0131 242 7355
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