Research: The Development of a Research Proposal HEA4045


This module is delivered on-line coupled with 5 face to face sessions. This module will introduce students to the research process including philosophical fundamentals of both quantitative and qualitative traditions and a range of research methodologies. Students will develop a proposal that will demonstrate their abilities to plan a small-scale empirical project in their chosen discipline, and demonstrate their awareness of the theoretical and practical implications of undertaking such a study. The package has been designed in order to advance knowledge and ensure effective interventions in a range of disciplines, such as, health and social-care, medicine, education, psychology, and to inform academic and professional practice and policy.
PLEASE NOTE: Full day sessions are for the MSc Dental Implantology programme only

Module Code: HEA4045
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

Practising professionals in a range of disciplines including health and social care, medicine, education and psychology.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • To develop students' research based information retrieval skills;
  • To enable them to critically evaluate research evidence and plan a small scale, work-based investigative project.

What will I study?

Understanding and critiquing social research and evidence-based practice; selected appropriate research methodologies; development of a small-scale research proposal.

How will I be assessed?

Submission of a 4,500 word developed research proposal into some aspect of the participants' discipline, area of expertise or practice. This will include a detailed consideration of: the aims of the research; the key and supplementary research questions; a justification of the research approach and methods to be used; clarification of the ethical issues and any governance issues involved, the indication of the process of ethical approval (if appropriate); plans for implementing and managing the data collection and data analysis process; the time frame for key aspects of the project; plans for dissemination and implications for theory, practice and/or potential service development.

On successful completion you will:

Design and carry out a small-scale work based investigation using the most appropriate methods of inquiry.

Study Dates and Venues

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.

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PLEASE NOTE: Full day sessions are for the MSc Dental Implantology programme only

For further module information, please contact Module Coordinator Prof. Jeremy Brown on 01695 650919 (email or Ida Ryland on 01695 650735 (email . For the MSc Surgical Care Practice, please contact Paul Rawling on 01695 657047 (email


This module can be studied on a standalone basis. It is a core module for the following programmes:

  • MSc Leadership Development
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Professional Clinical Practice