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:
- Characterising the determinants of multidrug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia: A retrospective analysis of 2,000 P. falciparum genome sequences
- Hospital admissions and costs in relation to body mass index in the UK Biobank study
- Height and coronary heart disease incidence and mortality in the Million Women Study
- Cardiovascular risk factors and Parkinson’s disease in 0.5 million participants in the China Kadoorie Biobank
- Associations of cardiovascular risk factors with frailty: a cross-sectional analysis of the TILDA study on aging
- Dietary prebiotic intake and colorectal cancer risk in the EPIC-Oxford cohort
- The burden, treatment, control and consequences of hypertension in Cuba
- 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?
- Effects of blood pressure lowering drugs for prevention of death and cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Students are encouraged to publish their dissertations in high-impact journals. Below are examples of publications resulting from student MSc research placements:
- Armas Rojas N, Dobell E, Lacey B, et al. Burden of hypertension and associated risks for cardiovascular mortality in Cuba: a prospective cohort study. Lancet Public Health. 2019; 4(2): e107-e115.
- Lin C, Travis RC, Appleby PN, et al. Pre-diagnostic circulating insulin-like growth factor-I and bladder cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Int J Cancer. 2018; 143(10):2351-2358.
- Altijani N, Carson C, Choudhury SS, et al. Stillbirth among women in nine states in India: rate and risk factors in study of 886,505 women from the annual health survey. BMJ Open. 2018; 8(11): e022583.
- Schaefer KK, Xiao W, Chen Q, et al. Prediction of gestational diabetes mellitus in the Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study, China. Int J Gynecol Obstet. 2018; 143(2): 164-171.
- Leps C, Carson C, Quigley MA. Gestational age at birth and wheezing trajectories at 3-11 years. Arch Dis Child. 2018; 103(12): 1138-1144.
- Wong TY, Massa MS, O'Halloran AM, et al. Cardiovascular risk factors and frailty in a cross-sectional study of older people: implications for prevention. Age Ageing. 2018; 47(5): 714-720.
- Noonan K, Burns R, Violato M. Family income, maternal psychological distress and child socio-emotional behaviour: longitudinal findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study. SSM Popul Health. 2018; 4: 280-290.
- Peters SAE, Bots SH, Woodward M. Sex differences in the association between measures of general and central adiposity and the risk of myocardial infarction: Results from the UK Biobank. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018; 7(5). pii: e008507.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.