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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: