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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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 Undergraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 5 credits (2.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Donna MacCallum

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


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. 

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

One 1500-word essay.

Formative Assessment

Students will have the opportunity to submit a shorter essay to their identified supervisor earlier in the course to get feedback on scientific writing style, use of references and accuracy of citations. 


Students will submit the essay via MyAberdeen and will receive feedback via MyAberdeen as annotations on the submitted essay, ticks on a marking rubric and also written comments. 

Course Learning Outcomes


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