Module code: VMS3009

Module Overview

This module provides an opportunity for students to participate in a project and 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

Independent Learning Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 4

Tutorial Hours: 10

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 4

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Lectures: Topics on performing and communicating a clinical research project.

Supervision: 10 one hour weekly meetings with supervisors to discuss research progress and capture on research logbook.

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.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  1. Logbook: Individual written assignment, 20% (addressing learning outcomes: 3, 6)

  2. Scientific paper: Individual written assignment, 80%, (addressing learning outcomes:1-7)

To pass the module, students are required to achieve a weighted aggregate mark of 50% in the Scientific paper and the logbook.

Formative assessment and Feedback

Verbal feedback is delivered in facilitator meetings. Students will be given written feedback on a draft of their Scientific paper before final submission.

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
001 Develop and define an appropriate research hypothesis or question KPT RCVS 10
002 Identify, evaluate and apply appropriate research methodology KCPT RCVS 6, 26
003 Demonstrate a capacity for independent research both personally and as a team member PT RCVS 5 , 14, 19
004 Apply appropriate techniques for the analysis of research results KPT RCVS 3, 11
005 Interpret and discuss research findings in the appropriate professional and scientific context KPT RCVS 11, 12, 14, 17, 20
006 Collate and present research findings in written, visual and/or oral format KPT RCVS 17, 20
007 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, facilitator feedback, peer discussion and self-directed experiential learning through the participation in a research study.

  • Enable students to work closely with their facilitator via weekly meetings at which students will discuss their research logbook and receive tutorial support.

  • Develop communication skills between students and their facilitators.

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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Other information

The School of Veterinary Medicine is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas: 


This module fosters the development of a range of non-technical graduate attributes which are integral to the RCVS Day One competences including communication, legislation and ethics to prepare students for a professional workplace.

Through individual research projects, students are able to develop critical thinking, communication skills, decision-making and collaboration. The assessment strategy requires students to demonstrate research skills, use of digital tools and application of knowledge acquired across the topics within the context of veterinary research.    

Digital Capabilities:  

Throughout the module, students are required to utilize digital technology, including accessing the library databases for literature evaluation, use of referencing software, use of statistical analysis software and creating a scientific paper.   

 Global and Cultural Capabilities: 

Within this module, individual facilitated research projects provide opportunities to collaborate, communicate and build relationships with people from different backgrounds and senior professionals within the veterinary field. 

Resourcefulness and Resilience: 

This module teaches and encourages reflective engagement, collaboration and active learning through self-directed activities, facilitator meetings and individual research projects. The assessments challenge and stretch students and are geared towards promoting resourcefulness and resilience.  

Students are guided to optimize feedback opportunities, to reflect thoughtfully and in a structured manner on learning and experiences, and to respond flexibly to challenges throughout the module, thus enhancing their resilience and resourcefulness.  


Veterinary students will develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes needed to work, live and lead in a way that meets the current needs of the profession without compromising on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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 2025/6 academic year.