Research Methods HEA4444


This module will introduce students to the research process including the philosophical fundamentals of both quantitative and qualitative traditions and a range of research methodologies.

The module will enable students to demonstrate their abilities by critically appraising a range of research methodologies or by writing a research proposal for a small-scale empirical project in their chosen discipline.

In addition, the on-line content that students will experience during this module is designed to encourage independent learning.

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Module code: HEA4444
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £780 for September 2022 to July 2023

Who is this module for?

This module is applicable to practising professionals in a range of disciplines including health, social care, medicine and psychology.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The aims of this module are to equip students with knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop research based information retrieval abilities.
  • Critically evaluate research evidence.
  • Gain an understanding of the research process.

How will I study?

This module is normally studied over 5 sessions, one half day session per week. The module overall takes 15 weeks.

What Will I Study?

  • Understanding and critiquing research and evidence-based practice,
  • Selecting appropriate research methodologies.
  • Approaches to data analysis.
  • Developing a research/study proposal.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be required to i) develop an evidence-based project proposal OR ii) critically appraise two papers of differing methodologies.

Both options require students to submit a 4,500-word assignment to fulfilling the learning outcomes set for the module.

On successful completion you will:

Critically evaluate appropriate evidence related to the students' specific discipline, area of expertise or professional practice.

Demonstrate critical understanding of study design to show awareness of both theoretical and relevant practical issues.

Critically appraise the ethical issues raised by the conduct of study within their specific discipline, area of expertise or professional practice.

Study dates and venues

Venue: TBC

Starts: Tuesday 6 September 2022

Session times:

  • Session 1: Tuesday 6 September 2022, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 2: Tuesday 4 October 2022, attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 3: Tuesday 18 October 2022, attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 4: Tuesday 1 November 2022, attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 5: Tuesday 22 November 2022, attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Assignment Submission: Monday 12 December 2022, 4pm
  • Venue: TBC

    Starts: Tuesday 7 February 2023

    Session times:

  • Tuesday 7 February 2023, 1- 4pm
  • Tuesday 28 February 2023, 1- 4pm
  • Tuesday 21 March 2023, 1- 4pm
  • Tuesday 11 April 2023, 1- 4pm
  • Tuesday 2 May 2023, 1- 4pm
  • Further Information

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

    We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

    For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

    For further module information, please contact

    CPD Module Coordinator, Ida Ryland [email protected] or telephone 01695 650735 or

    AHSC Module Coordinator, Nicola Relph [email protected] or telephone 01695 657056.

    Or you can contact the Medical School email on [email protected].


    The module is available only as a core module to students on the following programmes:

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Fertility Practice
  • MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing