Research Methods HEA4444

Overview

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.

For information on the impact of Covid19 on our teaching, please see our Covid19 Teaching Update page.

Module Code: HEA4444
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £750 for Sept 2021 to July 2022

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

September 2021 S1 – PG CPD

Venue: TBC

Starts: Tue 7th Sep 2021

Session Times:
  • Workshop 1: Tuesday 7 September 2021, 1-4pm, Attendance
  • Workshop 2: Tuesday 28 September 2021, 1-4pm, Attendance
  • Workshop 3: Tuesday 19 October 2021, 1-4pm, Attendance
  • Workshop 4: Tuesday 9 November 2021, 1-4pm, Attendance
  • Workshop 5: Tuesday 30 November 2021, 1-4pm, Attendance
  • Assignment Submission: Monday 20 December 2021
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    September 2021 S1- AHSC

    Venue: TBC

    Starts: Tue 7th Sep 2021

    Session Times:
  • Workshop 1: Tuesday 7 September 2021, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Workshop 2: Tuesday 5 October 2021, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Workshop 3: Tuesday 9 October 2021, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Workshop 4: Tuesday 2 November 2021, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Workshop 5: Tuesday 23 November 2021, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Assignment Submission: Monday 13 December 2021
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    February 2022 S2 – PG CPD

    Venue: TBC

    Starts: Tue 8th Feb 2022

    Session Times:
  • Session 1: Tuesday 8 February 2022, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 2: Tuesday 1 March 2022, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 3: Tuesday 22 March 2022, Attendance, 1pm- 4pm
  • Session 4: Tuesday 12 April 2022, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 5: Tuesday 3 May 2022, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Assignment Submission: Monday 23 May 2022, 4pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    September 2022 S1 – AHSC

    Venue: TBC

    Starts: Tue 6th Sep 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
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    February 2022 S2 – AHSC

    Venue: TBC

    Starts: Tue 8th Feb 2022

    Session Times:
  • Session 1: Tuesday 8 February 2022, Attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 2: Tuesday 1 March 2022, attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 3: Tuesday 22 March 2022, attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 4: Tuesday 5 April 2022, attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Session 5: Tuesday 26 April 2022, attendance, 1pm - 4pm
  • Assignment Submission: Monday 16 May 2022, 4pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    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].

    Pathways

    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