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Unit information: International Health Project in 2021/22

Unit name International Health Project
Unit code COBM31025
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ellis
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students will have an opportunity to explore a global health topic that interests them in more detail presenting their findings and critical analysis either as an 8,000 -10,000 word report or as a manuscript written for a specific journal. The project could take the form of a literature review or a more applied piece of work. Students may choose their own topics as long as their suggestions are practical and achievable and suitable supervision can be identified or choose from a provided list.


The aim is to give students an opportunity to gain in depth knowledge and understanding of a topic that particularly interests them and to encourage the development of independent critical judgement and analytical thought.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the unit should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate intellectual rigour in the presentation of a coherent discussion of the relevant literature and evidence
  • Understand the importance of clear conceptualisation of the research issues
  • Show ability to critically appraise the relevant evidence
  • Be able to draw up relevant conclusions backed-up by firm evidence.

Teaching Information

This unit is mainly self-directed. The students will all have a project supervisor with whom they will be required to meet on a regular basis for tutorials. Students will be expected to show progress through an early presentation in Teaching Block 2.

Assessment Information

  • Option A is a traditional 10,000 word dissertation (100% of Unit Credit)
  • For option B students are invited to to write up their project or literature review in the form of a manuscript for a specific and pre-defined journal (80% of Unit Credit.) The number of words will depend on the instructions for that particular journal. In addition they are required to write a 1000 word background (20% of Unit Credit, ) putting their research in context and explaining the rationale for journal choice.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.