Welcome to this guide which includes resources and help for doing your research project. It supplements information provided in the PM4A Pharmaceutical Research and Enquiry handbook available via Blackboard. Use the tabs above to explore guidance on specific topics.
You are encouraged to develop your own project in discussion with your supervisor. Projects can take the following forms:
Ethical clearance will be required for any studies involving surveys or data from human participants. Please ensure that you speak to your supervisor about ethical clearance as soon as you can to ensure that your research project can be started in a timely manner.
The primary aim of the project is to promote the academic and intellectual development of the student through an extended period of primarily self-motivated work, which will build on the more formal taught parts of that student’s programme.
The importance of this work will be reflected in the contribution of the assessment mark to the final degree classification.
A suitable research topic should test a scientific hypothesis or be hypothesis generating by reviewing existing data/literature or conducting a pilot study.
As a result of doing a project you will...
Working with your supervisor is a partnership and you need to negotiate a way to work that suits both of you. See the Project management section of this guide for more information.
Jackie Skinner can help with doing your literature search, doing a systematic review, citing references, and using EndNote or Mendeley for reference management. She can offer one-to-one support via email or online, or come to the weekly Library drop-in (see the box below). See her contact page for email and booking details.
The Study Advice service is based in the Library. In particular the Study Advisers can help with skills such as writing your literature review, using references in your work and time management.
Support for using Microsoft Office
If you need guidance on using Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel try these online tutorials: