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Research Methods HEA4444


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

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

In addition, the online content that will be made available to students is designed to encourage and assist independent learning.

Module code:HEA4444
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£940 for 2023/24 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your module fee will have been advised to you by email.  Any queries on fees to [email protected]

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

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 module?

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

  • Gain an understanding of the overall research process.
  • Develop research information search and retrieval abilities.
  • Critically evaluate research evidence.
  • Enhance research study design skills.

How will I study?

Mode of delivery: Blended learning based on a hybrid Model.
This module will be delivered through blended learning based on a hybrid model. A hybrid model is ‘an educational approach where some individuals participate in-person, and some participate online synchronously (at the same time).’ The tutor(s) deliver sessions and teach remote and in-person learners synchronously using appropriate technology, allowing students to be taught together in ‘real time’. This means some of your teaching sessions will be delivered in-person and some are online synchronous delivery. If you are unable to attend in-person, with your Module Leader’s permission, you can attend the in-person teaching session, online synchronously.

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 (qualitative/quantitative)

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

Students have the opportunity to submit a draft of their assignment and receive formative feedback ahead of the final submission.

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: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Tuesday 5 September 2023

Session times:

  • Tuesday 5 September 2023, 1 - 4pm
  • Tuesday 12 September 2023, 1 - 4pm
  • Tuesday 19 September 2023, 1 - 4pm
  • Tuesday 26 September 2023, 1 - 4pm
  • Tuesday 3 October 2023, 1 - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10 October 2023, 1 - 4pm
  • 12 December 2023, final assessment date

How to apply

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.

Contact us

For further module information, please contact

Module lead, Lakis Liloglou [email protected] or

AHSC Module Coordinator, Claire Blennerhassett [email protected] or telephone 01695 657027.

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


The module is available as a stand-alone module or core module to students on the following programmes: