All MSc students undertake a research placement leading to a dissertation. This is a substantial piece of work and accounts for 40% of the total marks awarded for the MSc degree.
The purpose of the placement is to develop and deepen an appreciation and understanding of concepts and skills learned during the course, and to apply them to a real world situation through independent study. The majority of past students have completed their placements in the UK, however, a small number of overseas placements are available each year.
Examples of MSc dissertation titles:
- Breastfeeding and endometrial cancer risk in the Million Women Study
- Dietary prebiotic intake and colorectal cancer risk in the EPIC-Oxford cohort
- The burden, treatment, control and consequences of hypertension in Cuba
- Genetic variants at chromosome 9p21 and stroke risk in the China Kadoorie Biobank
- Tuberculosis as a risk factor for subsequent adverse respiratory outcomes: evidence from the China Kadoorie Biobank
- Is upright a better position than lying down for women with an epidural during the second stage of labour?—a cost-utility analysis alongside the BUMPES trial
- Family income, maternal depression and child socioemotional behaviour: longitudinal findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study
- Does being born a few weeks early affect a child's risk of asthma at the ages of 7 and 11?
- Risk factors for gestational diabetes among Chinese women in the Born In Guangzhou Birth Cohort Study
- The Oxford Participation and Activities Questionnaire (Ox-PAQ) - A validation and exploration of a short form
- Effects of blood pressure lowering drugs for prevention of death and cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis
- How representative is the UK Biobank compared with the national population and does it matter?
- Modelling the effects of The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the food environment and burden of chronic disease in Mexico.
Students are encouraged to publish their dissertations in high-impact journals. Below are examples of publications resulting from student MSc research placements:
- Devine A, Harvey R, Min AM, et al. Strategies for the prevention of perinatal hepatitis B transmission in a marginalized population on the Thailand-Myanmar border: a cost-effectiveness analysis. BMC Infect Dis. 2017; 17(1):552
- McCall SJ, Nair M, Knight M. Factors associated with maternal mortality at advanced maternal age: a population-based case-control study. BJOG. 2017; 124(8):1225-1233.
- Fry A, Littlejohns TJ, Sudlow C, et al. Comparison of sociodemographic and health-related characteristics of UK Biobank participants with the general population. Am J Epidemiol. 2017; 186(9): 1026-1034.
- Barton K, Redshaw M, Quigley MA, et al. Unplanned pregnancy and subsequent psychological distress in partnered women: a cross-sectional study of the role of relationship quality and wider social support. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017; 17(1):44.
- Fitzpatrick A, Carter J, Quigley MA. Association of gestational age With verbal ability and spatial working memory at age 11. Pediatrics. 2016; 138(6). pii: e20160578.
- Ettehad D, Emdin CA, Kiran A, et al. Blood pressure lowering for prevention of cardiovascular disease and death: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. 2016; 387(10022):957-967.