In this module students perform their own psychiatric research project. Most of the work on the dissertation projects occurs in Term 3, providing students with the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their acquired knowledge and research skills.
Students can select from a range of projects to choose a research topic aligned with their own interests. For example this could involve recruitment and assessment of patients using clinical scales or cognitive tests, acquisition and/or analysis of neuroimaging data, working on a clinical trial, performing meta-analyses, or research using electronic medical records. All projects are supervised by a member of academic staff with expertise in the selected research area, and often involve working within their existing research teams.
The dissertation project requires critical evaluation of the research area, generation of hypotheses, acquiring and analysing data using appropriate statistical methods, and interpretation of research findings. The projects are written up in the format of a scientific manuscript together with an accompanying literature review.
Students are supported in developing their academic writing skills and working with their supervisor towards publication of their research in scientific journals.
Dr Alice Egerton
Schedule will vary depending on the dissertation project.
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