SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 45.00
ECTS Credit Points 22.50
Module Code MMB123345
Module Leader Linda Jones
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

At least a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a biomedical or biological science discipline.

Summary of Content

This dissertation requires the student to work independently under supervision by a member of hospital staff (qualified to FIBMS or equivalent standard) on the analysis of an issue of interest to the individual student or their employer relating to their specialist discipline of employment. The topic selection will involve the student, University and the student's employer. The student will have the opportunity to apply their previous knowledge of their specialist subject to a very specific professional issue. The student will be encouraged to utilise healthcare practice documentation available within their workplace.


The dissertation will involve an investigation of an issue of interest to the individual student or their employer relating to the specialist discipline of employment, under the supervision of a member of University staff. The student will prepare and submit a dissertation which demonstrates individual analytical thought, creativity, problem recognition, and problem solving. The dissertation format should include the following sections: an abstract, an introduction explaining the objective and broad background of the topic, a critical appraisal of current information, reasoned proposals for future development, appropriate references and acknowledgements. This is not an exhaustive or restrictive list, but is given for guidance and its use should result in a logical, progressive exposition of the selected topic.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demontrate reflection on professional practices within the specialist discipline.2. Critically appraise the scientific literature and other appropriate sources of information relevant to the topic.3. Prepare a concise proforma-based statement defining the nature and parameters of the study.4. Demonstrate individual analytical thought and be able to identify and solve problems.5. Identify areas requiring furhter study/considertation and be able to present information both orally and in writing.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be given academic support to prepare an individual dissertation. Supervisors and student will discuss the developments of the work at mutually agreed frequencies. Support may focus on aspects of report preparation e.g. information retrieval, presentation guidelines, scientific dissertation writing skills.

Indicative Reading

The Biomedical Scientist, IBMS , London Discipline specific journals. Topic dependant directed reading e.g. legal and policy documents, DoH and NHS reports, Local Hospital Trust guidelines, etc

Transferrable Skills

The student will develop transferrable skills which include written and oral communication, logical planning and presentation of scientific writing, the development of IT and information retrieval skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 418.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 2.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 75.00 45% Dissertation
Course Work 02 n/a 25.00 45% Oral Presentation