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Unit information: Pharmacology Research proposal in 2017/18

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Unit name Pharmacology Research proposal
Unit code PHPHM0002
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Usowicz
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students learn to plan a higher research-level investigation lasting 3 years, as in a standard project grant. Students read into the current scientific literature on a topic that goes beyond that covered in lectures covered in the co-requisite units, and formulate and write a proposal in the format of a Wellcome Trust project grant. This is carried out under the guidance of a supervisor who is not an expert on the focused proposal field, through weekly meetings. The unit aims to build on the research and analytical skills in pharmacology that the students have acquired during their year in industry. Students use these skills and those acquired in co-requisite units to plan and cost a long-term research project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Scientific experimental design and execution
  • The ability to critically evaluate scientific data and literature and appraise competing theories.
  • The ability to design a comprehensive research investigation (duration 3 years)
  • Writing of grant applications
  • The ability to present original findings and ideas to a specialist audience in written and oral forms.

Teaching Information

Mainly self-directed learning under the supervision of an academic member of staff, through weekly meetings.

Assessment Information

Summative: The research proposal is written as a Wellcome Trust project grant application (60%), with strict limits on page number and font size. Each proposal is read by two members of staff. The summative assessment (20%) is of an oral presentation given by the student and their ability to explain and answer questions on their grant proposal by a panel of examiners. MSci students also sit a 2 hour exam (20%) consisting of questions that test the ability to integrate material from all units in the final year, their research project and their year in industry.

Reading and References

Reviews and primary articles from the current scientific literature.