DISSERTATION - 2018/9

Module code: PHMM030

Module Overview

To carry out a research project and write a dissertation. The module is central to MSc Pharmaceutical Medicine and MSc Pharmaceutical Medicine with Clinical Pharmacology.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

TRINDER S Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: B200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of 4 compulsory modules, 4 optional modules plus the Research Methods module (135 credits)

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Academic supervision of dissertation writing
Academic review of dissertation writing

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) DISSERTATION 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


The ability to carry out the research project and complete the MSc dissertation
The ability to carry out independent research
skills and knowledge required for scientific research


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A MSc dissertation


The time line for the submission is 31st October after the approval of dissertation proposal, via the SurreyLearn module assignment submission folder.

Formative assessment include


Academic supervision
Academic review


Feedbacks are provided via written, verbal and face-to-face communication.

Module aims

  • Ability to formulate a scientific question and plan a research project with appropriate methods and complete dissertation writing.
  • Application of techniques for acquiring and appraising data and for using appropriate statistical analyses
  • Critical evaluation of published literature, clinical database or questionnaires
  • Critical awareness and application of good scientific writing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Undestand the requirement for an MSc dissertation KCT
2 Carry out the research project for their dissertation KCT
3 Critically evaluate literature and relevant publications KCT
4 Critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of different data sources and their own results KCT
5 Complete dissertation KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Provide academic supervision and review
Enable successful completion of MSc dissertation


The learning and teaching methods include:


Supervision via written and verbal feedbacks
Supervision by visiting students


This module consists of one-year supervision activities.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phmm030

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.