University of Chester

Programme Specification
Clinical Sciences & Nutrition MRes
2017 - 2018

Master by Research

Clinical Sciences & Nutrition

Clinical Sciences & Nutrition

University of Chester

University of Chester

Parkgate Road Campus

Postgraduate (MRes)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

4 Years

Annual - October

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No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences Clinical Sciences and Nutrition

There are no subject benchmark statements for MRes Clinical Sciences & Nutrition. However, the programme is designed to be consistent with Section 4 of the QAA (2008) framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which identifies the necessary descriptors for L7 training.

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Clinical Sciences & Nutrition

Saturday 14th January 2017

  • To provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research into an area that fits with the department's supervisory expertise.
  • To be informed by, and to contribute to, broader academic debates about the methods, approaches and practices that underpin the chosen scientific discipline.
  • To provide students with advanced scientific research training appropriate for both Level 7 and doctoral research.
  • To develop students' self-management, planning and communication skills.

To prepare fully those students with suitable interests for further postgraduate research at the Master/Doctor of Philosophy level and beyond.

The programme will:

  • Provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research into an area that fits with the department's supervisory expertise.
  • Allow students to be informed by, and to contribute to, broader academic debates about the methods, approaches and practices that underpin the chosen scientific discipline.
  • Provide students with advanced scientific research training appropriate for both Level 7 and doctoral research.
  • Develop students' self-management, planning and communication skills.

To prepare fully those students with suitable interests for further postgraduate research at the Master/Doctor of Philosophy level and beyond.

Students will

  • Demonstrate the ability to read and use texts and other source materials both critically and empathetically while addressing content, context and perspective
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise, evaluate, apply and reflect upon information gained from academic and professional literature
  • Demonstrate the capacity to systematically plan, conduct and present a programme of original research.
  • Apply scholarly conventions

These outcomes are captured through a number of the subject specific taught modules but particularly through subject-specific MRes research dissertation modules.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the skills of the researcher including bibliographical skills, selection and synthesis of primary and secondary sources and the ability to provide original analysis in relation to questions appropriate to the discipline.
  • Demonstrate the skills of the researcher in systematically planning, development and execution of a research project

Students will be enabled to:

  • Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Use IT effectively to manipulate quantitative information to solve and present the outcomes of defined problems

The MRes Clinical Sciences & Nutrition is comprised of two taught, Level 7 (20 credit) modules and a (140 Credit) research dissertation module XN7008.

The Research Methods and Data Analysis module (XN7512) is compulsory for all students.

Students chose a second module from a nominated selection from the Department of Clinical Sciences & Nutrition portfolio of level 7 modules as appropriate to their personal research interests - choice of module will be subject to discussion with and confirmation by the student's project supervisor.

XN7005 Nutritional Assessment

XM7064 Sociology and Psychology and Public Health

XN7062 Public Health Promotion and Policy

XN7068 Developing Healthier Communities

XN7201 The Obesity Epidemic - Weight Management as a Public Health Issue

XN7202 Causes and Assessment of Obesity

XN7203 Dietary Approaches to Weight Management

XN7204 Exercise and Weight Management

XN7205 Behaviour Modification in Weight Management

XN7207 Childhood Obesity

XN7401 Cardiovascular Diseases, Risk Factors, Investigations and Treatments

XN7402 Cardiovascular Anatomy and Exercise Treatments

XN7403 Clinical Exercise, Testing, Prescription and Programming

XN7404 Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health

XN7506 Science of Weight Control

XN7509 Nutrition in Health and Disease

XN7514 Sports Nutrition

XN7515 Exercise and Health

 

 

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
XN7005 7 Nutritional Assessment 20 Optional
XN7008 7 Clinical Sciences & Nutrition Dissertation 140 Comp
XN7062 7 Public Health Promotion and Policy 20 Optional
XN7064 7 Sociology and Psychology and Public Health 20 Optional
XN7068 7 Developing Healthier Communities 20 Optional
XN7201 7 The Obesity Epidemic – weight management as a public health issue 20 Optional
XN7202 7 Causes and assessment of obesity 20 Optional
XN7203 7 Dietary Approaches to Weight Management 20 Optional
XN7204 7 Exercise and Weight Management 20 Optional
XN7205 7 Behaviour modification in weight management 20 Optional
XN7207 7 Childhood Obesity 20 Optional
XN7401 7 CV Diseases, Risk Factors, Investigations and Treatments 20 Optional
XN7402 7 Cardiovascular Anatomy & Exercise Physiology 20 Optional
XN7403 7 Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription 20 Optional
XN7404 7 Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health 20 Optional
XN7506 7 Science of Weight Control 20 Optional
XN7509 7 Nutrition in Health and Disease 20 Optional
XN7512 7 Research Methods and Data Analysis 20 Comp
XN7514 7 Sports Nutrition 20 Optional
XN7515 7 Exercise and Health 20 Optional

MRes (180 credits) Two taught Level 7, 20 credit modules (40 credits) Subject specific dissertation (140 credits)

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Applicants should normally possess an upper second class honours degree in any relevant discipline with additional emphasis placed upon the student's preparedness for study and performance at interview which will inform the selection process.  A lower second class degree may be mitigated by substantial relevant work experience. 

Decisions concerning the allocation of credit, either for admission or advanced standing, will be the responsibility of a Credit Allocation Panel.  Credit value will be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning completed within the previous five years and through which an applicant can demonstrate prior achievement of learning outcomes related to one or more programme modules.  A student seeking advanced standing must apply before enrolment.

Each student will be interviewed.

 

There is currently no MRes in the Subject area Benchmark Statements. However, the programme's learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and content together with the methods of learning and assessment have been informed by the QAA's Master's degree characteristics guidelines and advice document (2010). Specifically students will have demonstrated

 

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of current problems and/ or new insights much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline/ field of study
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship
  • Originality in the application of knowledge and a practical understanding of how established techniques or research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline
  • Conceptual understanding that enables critical evaluation of current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline

 

Students will also have demonstrated the ability to:

 

  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • self direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level

 

Students will also have acquired the transferable skills necessary for employment including:

 

  • The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision making in complex and unpredictable situations

The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

 

Acquisition of core knowledge is achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, audio-visual presentation, tutorials and private study, supplemented, where appropriate, contributions by guest and visiting lecturers.

Each taught module is assessed by the submission of one or more written coursework assignment (totalling 4000 words equivalent) or oral presentations. The format of the assessment will vary depending on the module content, e.g. data interpretation and evaluation; research proposal; evaluative report, etc.

 

The assessment of the research module will be assessed as a portfolio comprising:

 

1.     An extended literature review suitable for publication

 

2.     Project report suitable for publication in discipline appropriate journal

 

3.     Oral presentation

 

Reassessment - resubmission of the above papers in line with recommendations of the examiners.

On completion of this programme, a successful graduate will have acquired a range of communication and transferable skills (as embraced by both the educational aims of the programme and the programme outcomes - see above) valuable to their current or potential employers.  The MRes will also prepare students for further research at Master/Doctor of Philosophy level.

This programme respects the standard University policies regarding admissions, widening access and participation, equal opportunities and APL, as applied centrally by the University.  Consistent with the University's commitment to widening access and participation, the programme conforms to the University's flexible approach and welcomes applications from mature students and from groups normally under-represented in higher education.The University of Chester values the diversity of its student body and aims to provide quality of opportunity in all its activities.  All suitably qualified students are welcome on this programme, irrespective of race, gender, disability or age.  Every effort will be made to accommodate students with specific learning or physical needs and to ensure that all students benefit equally.  Each case will be examined individually and the University's Inclusion Plans will provide guidance and support, as appropriate.  International students who meet the admissions requirements are welcome and will enrich both the programme and the postgraduate community at the University; support and guidance are provided for international students at the institution, particularly through the International Student Welfare Officer.

All students are issued with a comprehensive programme handbook and a module handbook at the commencement of each module.  Students needing further advice are welcome to consult their  Programme Pathway Leader (who acts as the Personal Academic Tutor for students on the programme), or the Module Tutor.

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