Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional Studies & Evidence Based Medicine (year 2)
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment research proposal  1500 Words  40%
Semester Assessment Data analysis and interpretation workbook  1000 Words  30%
Semester Exam .16 Hours   oral presentation  30%
Supplementary Assessment Research Proposal or Data Analysis workbook  Resit the components which led to failure of the module  70%
Supplementary Exam .16 Hours   oral presentation  30%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Identify and practice veterinary business knowledge and skills specifically relevant to the newly qualified vet with the aim of developing differentiated skills to help graduates compete in the job market and improve early-career workplace effectiveness.

Recognise the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication in veterinary consultation and demonstrate these skills.

Demonstrate a systematic approach to working through bioethical problems using a model framework.

Develop an understanding of the scientific method, experimental design and its practical application

Interpret data relating to veterinary research.

Brief description

Professional Studies & Evidence Based Medicine Strand runs throughout Year 2 and continues the themes covered in this strand in year 1 relating to communication in the veterinary field, professional standards, ethics and evidence-based decisions. Year 2 will focus on advancing your understanding of the role of veterinary surgeons in research, designing a research proposal and how to analyse, interpret and communicate data. Additionally, you will learn more about the range of skills required for veterinary careers.


Veterinary Surgeons require a range of professional skills to succeed in the wide range of jobs available throughout the field. This module continues your professional development by providing further training in clinical practical skills and communication, discussing the ethical challenges in relation to the veterinary field and advancing your understanding of how research experiments are designed, analysed and communicated by veterinary researchers to improve animal health. This will be achieved through problem-based group learning sessions, workshops, lectures, presentations and a student-led research proposal combining the different facets learned throughout the module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework. This aspect is not assessed.
The coursework will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in the coursework. Data analysis and interpretation of data will be taught and assessed in the coursework.
Small group learning will encourage students to communicate, assess and present information as a team. This aspect is not assessed.
During the module, students will gain knowledge of veterinary and biological terminology assessed in coursework.
Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the coursework.
Students will develop effective written communication skills in the coursework and oral communication in the oral presentation, where these will be assessed. Feedback for this will be given.
Students will have contact with veterinary surgeons and biology researchers providing insight into these sectors. Aspects of this will be taught and assessed.
Small group learning/Practical classes and coursework will involve problem solving.


This module is at CQFW Level 5