SoMS Honours

SoMS Honours

Assessments » Literature Review

The literature review should be 3,000 words (+/- 10%) and as the name implies, should give a detailed account of published scientific investigations which are relevant to the project being undertaken. It should contain an introduction, and aims, hypotheses and methods sections. The introduction should identify the limitations of the literature and/or areas of controversy and assess them critically. It should be adequately referenced with recent and appropriate studies and have clear and logical flow. The aims, hypotheses and methods sections should together be a maximum of 450 words (i.e. only 15% of the literature review). The stated aims should clearly relate to the areas outlined in the introduction and the hypotheses should also be clear and valid. Methods are to be summarised clearly and concisely and be appropriate and valid for the stated aims. Absolutely no results are to be included in the literature review. The word count for the literature review excludes diagrams, tables, figures, in-text citation, final reference list, etc. which should be integrated into the appropriate sections of the text. The general and referencing style should follow the “School of Medical Sciences Honours Manuscript - Instructions to Authors”. If you exceed the word limit, only the first 3,300 words of the document will be examined.

Supervisor input in literature review preparation
Supervisor(s) are expected to read and provide editorial input on multiple drafts of the literature review.