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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

Alternative projects are your ideas; this is your opportunity to identify a topic of your own choosing to study in depth that considers Medicine and Healthcare from an alternative perspective. Purely Scientific/ Medical projects will not be approved, otherwise there is no limit to the possibilities.

Where possible you should find a suitable person with appropriate expertise to supervise you and to assess your work academically. The Medical Humanities team may be able to help you find a suitable supervisor.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Leeanne Bodkin

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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Medicine (ME)

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

You should contact the SSC coordinator by email in the first instance with an outline of your proposal and then you will be asked to complete a proposal form (see below). You will need to have submitted your proposal by Monday 3rd June email to

You will be invited to discuss your proposal at a meeting with the medical humanities team before the summer. We consider your proposal with you and if the project is feasible in terms of time involved, costs and eventual outputs. The more preparatory research into the project you do the better chance it has of approval. Students may only undertake an 'alternative' project in Medical Humanities, with the approval of the Medical Humanities team. We will decide with you if it is to be worth 15 credits and agree equitable assessment.


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

Alternative Assessment

Alternatively: 3500 word written submission (80%) and 1500 word reflective essay or oral presentation or poster presentation via Collaborate (20%)

OR: artistic reflective portfolio (50%) and 4-6 final pieces to exhibit (50%).

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resubmission of written work (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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