Research Project in Medical Science


Students will undertake an approved research project which will be taken over 3 semesters. This module, which is work-based learning in an approved clinical laboratory, provides the opportunity, through research, to integrate knowledge of Medical Science by advanced study and research. The project is conducted under the direction of an internal GMIT supervisor in consultation with an experienced work-based Medical Science practitioner, with the topics drawn from any discipline or from an area of expertise of the supervisors. 

The module will involve the preparation and submission of a research design plan and proposal, with consideration for ethical approval in keeping with GMIT (and/or hospital) guidelines.  The project will proceed to include the development of a concise literature review, the selection of appropriate data collection tools suitable for the context of chosen topic, data collection, analysis and presentation of research findings.

The learner will prepare a thesis in the form of a scientific paper.  The format of the paper will be as required for an internationally regarded journal in the field (approximately 6000 words), and will be produced under the guidance of their research supervisors. 

For the research project module, the learner will have flexibility in choosing the clinical laboratory however, approval from the prospective work based supervisor and the internal GMIT supervisor is a requirement prior to commencement. This experiential work-based learning will be supported by the core modules in close alignment with the learning outcomes for the programme and will be facilitated through the use of circle style peer support meetings.  The programme board can offer a valid and equivalent laboratory or desk based research options should the need arise. 



Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and choose a research project topic and plan the delivery of that research project.

  2. Select and synthesise information available in scientific literature (and in some cases other literature) in order to establish the need for,
    and potential scope and context of, the research project.

  3. Develop creative ways of solving new research problems.

  4. Collect and analyse data qualitatively and quantitatively, including an assessment of the statistical validity of the research results.

  5. Manage resources allocated to completing a research project.

  6. Communicate research results in written and oral forms, demonstrating critical analysis, synthesis and organisation of knowledge, and
    the construction of a rational and lucid scientific argument.

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