module specification

MS7P35 - Research Project for Pharmaceutical Science (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Research Project for Pharmaceutical Science
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 600
540 hours Guided independent study
60 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 20%   Viva voce (30 mins)
Dissertation 60%   Dissertation (9000 words)
Oral Examination 20%   Interim Presentation (30 mins)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Not applicable -
Summer studies North Not applicable -

Module summary

This module provides an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills to a pharmaceutical research problem, and to undertake, critically evaluate, reflect and report on, an individual experimental programme.
The aim of this module is to ensure you will apply be provided the opportunity
1. to experience more advanced experiments in research methods.
2. to develop into independent researchers.
3. to prepare novel materials, and/or make measurements of the physical and chemical properties of novel materials and/or investigate educational issues related to pharmaceutical science teaching
4. to apply acquired knowledge and skills to a pharmaceutical research problem
5. to independently, critically evaluate, and report on, an experimental programme on a pharmaceutical science topic.

Prior learning requirements

No pre-requisite module is required
Available for Study Abroad? NO


Competence to undertake independent research will be developed as follows:

Theoretical research
Advanced information searching, interpretation and abstraction skills will be applied in the production of a theoretical framework (LO1, 4, 5, 6)

Practical work
Experimental skills will be applied in the design and execution of a laboratory, field or survey based research programme. Analytical and evaluative skills will be applied to data appraisal and contextualisation (LO2-3)

Communication of results
Written presentation skills will be applied in the production of the project report. Oral presentation skills will be applied in the defence of the work undertaken.(LO7)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This Module will require the student to self-direct and manage his/her own independent learning experience. The area of research will be matched, as far as is possible with the research interest, expertise and existing research projects of the supervisor.  Research topics will be identified during the earlier part of the course through formal discussions in tutorials between the students, the Module convenor and a supervisor who has suitable research interests.  The supervisor may be a member of academic teaching or research staff within the University, and may jointly supervise with someone from outside in appropriate organisations.

Topics will be chosen that give the opportunity for high-level research that advances the boundaries of current knowledge but gives the student a realistic opportunity of completion. The module will be delivered through a combination of direct contact, feedback tutorials and workshop sessions (50 hours), with project supervision (10 hours) and self-directed study (540 hours).

Upon arrangement by the student, the project supervisor will initially assist in the following processes:
1. clarifying the terms of the research project
2. establishing a timetable for the research and dates for subsequent student/supervisor   meetings
3. directed background reading
4. study design, methodology, ethical approval (where necessary) and statistical analysis

Supervisory support will form a key part of the teaching method, but ultimately, most of the learning will be student-centred. Supervisor meetings will continue periodically through the Project. A typical amount of contact time the student can expect is between eight and ten hours with the supervisor. Comments on the draft of the dissertation can be expected.

Students will work as individuals on the design and execution of their projects. They will be encouraged to think critically about their findings and, where appropriate, to provide solutions through the design of related experiments or alternative approaches to research.

PDP: students complete a ‘personal statement’, the style of which would be appropriate to a job application and address questions such as - Where do you see yourself in 5-years time? What are your goals? What skills do you have to expand to meet these?

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:
1. establish an original hypothesis within a pharmaceutical sciences context, based on a thorough understanding of current primary literature, that is realistic and testable within the constraints of resources available;
2. design and execute within the time constraints of the project, a series of related scientific experiments to test the hypothesis;
3. work safely with due regard to the appropriate Codes of Practice;
4. analyse, evaluate and appraise the results obtained, where appropriate using statistical tests at an advanced level of competency;
5. contextualise the discussion and conclusions of the project within the wider context of pharmaceutical sciences research;
6. demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the role of research in the academic and professional development of the discipline;
7. write a detailed report in an appropriate scientific form with the correct use of English and defend it during an oral interview.