Module code: PHMM030

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

TRINDER S Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 450

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) DISSERTATION 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of 4 compulsory modules, 4 optional modules plus the Research Methods module (135 credits)

Module overview

To carry out a research project and write a dissertation. The module is central to MSc Pharmaceutical Medicine and MSc Pharmaceutical Medicine with Clinical Pharmacology.

Module aims

Ability to formulate a scientific question and plan a research project with appropriate methods and complete dissertation writing.

Application of techniques for acquiring and appraising data and for using appropriate statistical analyses

Critical evaluation of published literature, clinical database or questionnaires

Critical awareness and application of good scientific writing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Undestand the requirement for an MSc dissertation KCT
Carry out the research project for their dissertation KCT
Critically evaluate literature and relevant publications KCT
Critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of different data sources and their own results KCT
Complete dissertation KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Academic supervision of dissertation writing
Academic review of dissertation writing

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide academic supervision and review
Enable successful completion of MSc dissertation

The learning and teaching methods include:

Supervision via written and verbal feedbacks
Supervision by visiting students

This module consists of one-year supervision activities.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

The ability to carry out the research project and complete the MSc dissertation
The ability to carry out independent research
skills and knowledge required for scientific research

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A MSc dissertation

The time line for the submission is 31st October after the approval of dissertation proposal, via the SurreyLearn module assignment submission folder.

Formative assessment include

Academic supervision
Academic review

Feedbacks are provided via written, verbal and face-to-face communication.

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phmm030

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 2017/8 academic year.