Paths to the MMed: Publication or Thesis

The MMed degree has two components: Clinical and Research. To pass the research component, the student must successfully complete the Research Methodology Module, and then a Research Project. Currently, the research component may be assessed in one of two ways:

1. Fast-track: Successful publication

(Following evidence that a manuscript has been accepted for publication by a SAPSE-approved journal.) This is a rapid route to completion which is intended to encourage students to undertake work of a sufficiently high standard that it is publishable. Your research component will be signed off once you produce a communication from the editor of a SAPSE-approved journal confirming acceptance for publication (not provisional acceptance, or acceptance contingent on change). The Postgrad Office must further confirm that the journal is SAPSE-approved.

Note however that this route is under review and may be discontinued. It will however remain valid until the end of 2024.

2. Successful submission of a thesis

The thesis comprises a research report formatted as a publication-ready manuscript, preceded by an introductory chapter and followed by a discussion/conclusions chapter. The thesis is sent out by the School to two examiners for marking.

Can I attempt both routes, to increase my chances of a speedy conclusion?

Yes, but it is important to note the following.

The marking of a thesis is considered the more rigorous of the two assessment procedures. Once your thesis has left the School Postgrad Office and has been sent to the examiners, the route by publication is closed. Even if your manuscript is now accepted by a journal, you will be required to see the thesis process through to finality. This may mean that you have to submit corrections or even return the thesis for re-examination, if that is what the examiners require. This is to safeguard the integrity of our degree and therefore the reputation of our School and University. Both will be irretrievably damaged if it becomes known that students are awarded the degree despite having been failed by external examiners.

Provided your thesis has not yet been sent out for marking, however, you may choose to withdraw it and provide evidence of successful publication instead.

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