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Academic Skills and Writing for Postgraduate Study

Key information

Course Leader: Dr Aileen Wilson

Level: 6

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Online

Learner Hours: Scheduled - 18 - Independent - 282

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 50


  • 03/10/2023
  • 30/01/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits in this academic year. This price relates to self-funding students assessed as UK students for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas, or for returning students that are on a course leading to an award. Click here for Fees and Funding information or email us.

Course Overview

This module has been developed for motivated health care professionals who have not previously studied at degree level. The module will enable students to acquire key transferable skills through a range of online activities that prepares the student for the transition to level 7 postgraduate study. This module will enable students to achieve the learning outcomes through guided activities that focus on: critical analysis and evaluation of research evidence, academic integrity and standards of academic writing for level 6 working through to level 7.  


The units will direct students through a personalised journey of digital capabilities to develop knowledge and skills in: referencing, literature searching, critical reading and academic writing. 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:

Successful students will typically: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to source and utilise information and evidence for academic study
  • Demonstrate knowledge and theoretical understanding of the evidence base relevant to their own area of practice
  • Understand their own learning styles and recognise their own learning and development needs.

Intellectual, Practical and Transferable Skills:

Successful students will typically:

  • Independently carry out a range of online activities that demonstrate skills in identifying appropriate national and international research evidence.
  • Demonstrate skills of academic integrity and correctly cite sources of evidence and literature
  • Be able to critically analyse, appraise, and evaluate research evidence and use these skills to build arguments.


The assessment for this module will be a narrative literature review of the evidence in relation to an area of the student’s own practice.