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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 online content that students will experience during this module is designed to encourage independent learning.

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?

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, meaning that the students are 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. 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.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 only as a core module to students on the following programmes:
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing