This strand allows you to study topics of your own choosing. In Stage 1, the strand is introduced through the development of key skills, including use of information technology, information retrieval, data analysis and critical evaluation skills. In Stage 2, the special study unit gives you the opportunity to undertake a study of your own choosing, guided by staff.
The SSC is a literature study containing a review of the current literature on the topic, a critical appraisal of articles and a discussion. It is your opportunity to explore a topic, in depth, which you find interesting and which is outside the normal curriculum. The topic must be related to either your Community Placement or your Patient Study, however you are able to choose from a reasonably wide range of options including:
- Clinical based option
- Science based option
- Social Science based option
- Arts and Humanities option
- History of Medicine option
- Learning Resource option
I enjoyed being able to persue an interest of mine, and the research skills obtained will become invaluable.Stage 2 Student Evaluation
Learning and Teaching Methods
In the SSC you will draw on the skills which you have been developing in Phase I Medicine: information retrieval, organisation and analysis, reasoning, deduction and critical evaluation, and also written and verbal communication. You may need to draw on sources of information from literature and web-based resources and you may also want to talk to experts in the field.
Dr December Ikah is the Strand leader for the SSC strand. Advisors are available to give you advice, direction and guidance on your chosen topic.