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Postgraduate Course: Research Project Part 3 (September Intake) (VESC12046)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits70 ECTS Credits35
SummaryThis course comprises the final part of the major research component of the DVetMed course, enabling students to complete their significant hypothesis-driven original research project relevant to their chosen specialty in veterinary medicine.

The students will produce a dissertation (max. 30,000 words) based on their research, which will normally include at least two papers prepared and/or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals chosen by the student and their supervisor. This will be assessed in an oral examination with internal and external examiners.

Please note that this course represents a single programme of research spread over the final three years of the programme. The course credits are therefore spread across these 3 years: 50 credits are allocated to years two and three each (see above) with the remainder, comprising 170 credits in total, awarded in the final year.
Course description 1. The student will develop a specialised knowledge and understanding of a chosen area of veterinary research.
2. The student will design and carry out a range of experiments to investigate a scientific hypothesis in the chosen subject area.
3. He/she will develop an understanding of the attributes of a scientist and the requirements for scientific rigour necessary to reach conclusions and advance understanding.
4. He/she will develop the ability to work with others as part of a research team.
5. He/she will have an understanding of the legal requirements for research either in a laboratory or in the use of data (e.g. ethics, licences, health and safety).
6. He/she will write an SCQF level 12 dissertation which represents a scholarly, critical assessment of the research project that has been undertaken.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate that he/she is capable of pursuing original research which makes a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the chosen field of study.
  2. Demonstrate thorough understanding of the field and relate his/her results to the body of knowledge in the field in a critical manner.
  3. Present the results of a research project in critical and scholarly way.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to interact and work as part of a research team.
Reading List
Will depend on the project, but online, library and other resources are widely available through the university.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and skills will include:
1. Understanding of critical questions to be addressed in designing a research project
2. Good laboratory skills and an understanding of how these skills can be used to prove or disprove an hypothesis
3. Understanding of the ethical and legal requirements which govern research laboratories
4. Understanding of the importance of experimental design
5. Ability to interpret and critically assess experimental outcome
6. Ability to discuss research data in the context of the published literature
7. Ability to present research data in a critical and scholarly manner
KeywordsVeterinary,Research,Professional Training
Course organiser Course secretaryMrs Emma Pineau
Tel: (0131 6)51 9198
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