Module code: VMS3009

Module Overview

VMS3009 provides an opportunity for students to develop and apply research methods that are applicable for supporting life-long learning in the veterinary profession. 

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

MAILE Charlotte (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 1

Independent Learning Hours: 122

Tutorial Hours: 21

Captured Content: 6

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of Year 2 of the BVMSci programme & VMS3008 

Module content

Lectures: Topics on performing and communicating a clinical research project (5 lectures) &/or online material. Supervision: 10 one hour weekly meetings with supervisors to discuss research progress and capture on research log book. Self directed project work: Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 17 days on project work which includes data collection and preparation of assessments.  

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to apply research methods and communicate the outcomes of a research study. The summative assessment for this module consists of: ; Research log book 20% ; Scientific paper (3000 words)  in the format of The Veterinary Journal  80%.  Formative assessment and feedback :-  Formative feedback is provided during the weekly meetings with facilitators. 

Module aims

  • This module provides an opportunity for students to participate in a project that will enable them to demonstrate their abilities to apply research methods and communicate the outcomes

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Develop and define an appropriate research hypothesis or question KPT RCVS 10
003 Identify, evaluate and apply appropriate research methodology KCPT RCVS 6, 26
004 Demonstrate a capacity for independent research both personally and as a team member PT RCVS 5 , 14, 19
005 Apply appropriate techniques for the analysis of research results KPT RCVS 3, 11
006 Interpret and discuss research findings in the appropriate professional and scientific context KPT RCVS 11, 12, 14, 17, 20
007 Collate and present research findings in written, visual and/or oral format KPT RCVS 17, 20
001 Define the scope of a research project through appropriate review and analysis of published literature KCPT RCVS 3

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to enable the module learning outcomes to be achieved through guidance provided by: lectures, supervisor feedback, peer discussion, self-directed experiential learning thorough the participation in a research study. The primary mode through which this is achieved is through the weekly meetings with supervisors at which students will discuss their research log book and receive tutorial support. Supervisors fulfil the role of facilitators rather then project managers. 

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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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 2023/4 academic year.