You choose two taught modules from a substantial number that are on offer. The modules run consecutively.
The following links to pdf files provide detailed information about each of the available modules. This is the current module offer, but the programme continues to evolve and you should check the website for any changes to next year.
Option 1 modules - first five weeks of semester (pdf, opens in new window)
Option 2 modules - second five weeks of semester (pdf, opens in new window)
The knowledge and practical experience gained from these options prepares you for your research project in the final semester of the course.
In Semester 2 you will take two modules, the Research Project module and the Medical Science and Society module.
Research Project Module
You are able to join a research laboratory in the Medical School and take on an aspect of the on-going research activity. It is your own project and it will take you into research at the boundaries of medical science. You will learn the techniques that are in use in the laboratory and use these to acquire your own data, which you will analyse and interpret.
This module provides you with first hand experience of the acquisition of new scientific information and assimilation into the existing body of knowledge. This is a complex and multistep process and the project will provide training in literature research, organising experiments, acquisition of technical skills, interpreting results and presenting results both orally and in writing. The expectation is that you will undertake a research project that is directly relevant to one of your taught modules.
All experimental work is completed by the end of Week 9. You are required to keep a laboratory notebook for recording experimental details and primary results in a chronological order day by day. You are required to present a short talk on your project (10 min) to your peers. A written report has to be submitted in the general format of a scientific paper in a journal.
By the end of the project you will be able to:
- Conduct a detailed study of the literature to define precise scientific questions and the experimental approaches to be used.
- Design and organise experiments including the identification of controls and decisions about the scale of experiments.
- Acquire technical skills and be familiar with equipment.
- Know how to troubleshoot when experiments do not fit with prediction.
- Collect, record, analyse and interpret data.
- Integrate new results into existing knowledge and formulate new experiments and ideas.
- Present results and ideas both orally and in writing.
Assessment - Laboratory performance 25%. Written Report 75%
Hours - 385 Hours (total student hours), with individual laboratory supervision
Medical Science and Society (General Paper) Module
The aim of this element is to assess your general knowledge and understanding of issues relating to biomedical science. It addresses topics which are of wide interest to biomedical science and to society and requires an understanding of relevant ethical and moral issues which impact on science and medicine. Topics are selected which reflect current interests of the scientific community and/or the general public. The module does not require the level of detailed scientific knowledge specifically provided within final year taught options.
There are no timetabled teaching sessions associated with this module. During the year you are expected to keep up to date with the scientific issues currently being discussed in the media, and develop your skills at formulating a balanced argument. So that in the exam, you will be able to present an informed discussion on specific and general issues which relate to biomedical science and explore the moral, ethical and social aspects of these issues.
Assessment - the module is assessed by a 3hr written examination consisting of 2 essays from a choice of 10 (Semester 2)
Hours - Self directed study through semester 1 and 2 and Departmental/Divisional seminars.