PMMR2-Research project

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 140 [70 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Kath Ryan


Summary module description:

This practical module consists of an in-depth 30-week research project in a specialist area of Pharmacy or related disciplines.

To enable students to conduct research projects successfully. To perform a programme of research to answer an hypothesis or research question and analyse the results. To perform statistical or qualitative analysis of the data and reach a conclusion about the results. To write up the results of the research in the form of a scientific report suitable for publication.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students will investigate a relevant research question that they have devised. Students will demonstrate an ability to critically appraise the relevant scientific literature and the results that they generate. They will be able to demonstrate skill in data analysis and interpretation and also demonstrate accurate reporting of scientific methodology and results. Students will be able to demonstrate reasoned discussion of results in the context of the subject area and write a scientific report.

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop time management and problem-solving skills.

Outline content:

A topic related to cellular and molecular neuroscience, formulation design and analysis or pharmacy practice will be chosen in collaboration with an academic supervisor(s) in a suitable research area. Training in specific laboratory techniques or other methodologies needed for the project will be provided. Students will work on their own research project with close supervision and regular meetings to provide feedback and to discuss results. Students will communicate their project via an oral presentation describing their project hypothesis and data.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching and learning methods used will include regular meetings with supervisor, research group meetings and/or guided research activities.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study 700 700
Total hours by term 700.00 700.00
Total hours for module 1400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:

This module will be assessed by a written project report and an oral presentation.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy. 

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:

    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

An overall module mark of 50% must be achieved to pass this module.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment of this module will be by re-submission of a project report.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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