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Course Overview

This short course allows students to explore the research carried out within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition and identify a supervisor and research area for their extended research project. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 5 credits (2.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Anne Donaldson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Shaping a Research Question is a five credit course for students who will undertake the Extended Research Project in Medical Sciences.  Students will explore the research carried out within medical sciences research programmes and will identify those areas of research which interest them and which form the basis of their future research careers.  Principle investigators will be approached and potential research projects discussed. The principle investigator and student will agree a research area for the project and the student will explore the published literature in this research area and will produce a 1500 word essay on the background of the project. 

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseBy the end of this course, students will have analysed the research carried out in medical sciences at the University of Aberdeen and will identify the research area which interests them most
ProceduralCreateBy the end of this course, you will have carried out literature searches on your research project and created a 1500 word essay
ReflectionApplyBy the end of the course, you will have increased experience of scientific writing

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