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Postgraduate Course: Written reflective element for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (BIME11039)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical 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
SummaryThe dissertation is an assignment of maximum 15,000 words; students can opt between a number of different formats, including (but not limited to) a written dissertation (either current or historical), a casebook or portfolio, during this final year. Provision may be made for students who wish to submit an acceptable alternative to the standard written reflective options.

Participants wishing to pursue this as an option will need to take particular care that their dissertation proposal details how they will demonstrate an appropriate level of critical analysis, academic knowledge and reflection on the nature of enquiry.

Course description The dissertation is a significant study demanding a high level of individual application and commitment to research and enquiry.

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.

It is important to state at the outset that the dissertation is not a collaborative piece of work with your supervisor. It is intended to be your own work - based on your own research study or literature review. Of course, you will be working closely with your supervisor (and possibly one or more local advisors) but ultimately the dissertation is yours and should reflect what you want it to do.

Before starting work on the dissertation, a detailed proposal (the Concept Note) must be submitted and approved by the Course Team; this concept note formalises your ideas and contains sufficient detail to frame the direction of your research and the information or resources that you plan to draw upon. Your supervisor will be assigned based upon the ideas presented within this document.

It is important to be aware of the time commitment required to complete this piece of work, as a stand-alone 60 credit course the expectation upon your time is the same as a full year of part-time study - this equates to around 4-600 hours. It is important to manage your time effectively, and set realistic milestones throughout the year; a dissertation that will do credit to your ability cannot be completed in just one or two months - so please do not delay engaging with this activity.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No research costs are provided by the University of Edinburgh. Students are encouraged to consider this when enrolling upon this MSc and are encourag
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 548 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written reflective element (10-15,000 words). The University of Edinburgh's postgraduate common marking scheme will be used (assessment of dissertation component).
Feedback Students work within a supported environment, and will be allocated a University of Edinburgh supervisor for the duration of this course component.
Formative feedback is provided by the supervisor through one-to-one meetings, online interaction and written commentary of the students work.

Milestones within the course also provide more general feedback on the progress made.

Following submission of the dissertation, feedback is provided upon request.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop and refine a research question based on critical appraisal of relevant literature
  2. Identify and apply appropriate research methodology to deliver a dissertation project, with emphasis on original and creative responses to addressing this challenge.
  3. Communicate key findings, to audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise, using appropriate methods to demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of specialised theories, concepts and principals.
  4. Take responsibility for their own work, demonstrating substantial autonomy and initiative.
Reading List
Students have access to the extensive online University of Edinburgh library. Other relevant resources will be identified depending on the specific focus of each students research.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills You will further develop your skills in research and enquiry by creatively tackling a research question, drawing from your prior learning and seeking new resources to support your ideas.

You will develop personal and intellectual autonomy by using the published literature to suggest an evidence-based answer your research question.

You will critically evaluate and provide sound reasoning in support of your ideas.

You will develop your personal effectiveness by setting your own goals and managing your time to make best use of the learning opportunities available to you. The output of your research will be developed in a way that it may have genuine impact.
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment of Learn as the delivery platform. Content is protected by a secure username and password. These access details are made available to registered users only.
KeywordsDissertation,Research,Global health,Infectious diseases
Course organiserDr Kim Picozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 6257
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Brodie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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