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Research Methods

Key information

Course Leader: Louise Smith

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: Online delivery

Learner Hours: Scheduled 30 hours & Independent 120 hours

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 50


  • 09/10/2024
  • 29/01/2025

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

You should be a qualified health care professional currently working in an appropriate area of practice. 

Course Overview

In this module students develop their skills and understanding of different methodologies and methods that can be used in healthcare research. Application of these skills will be invaluable to those looking to undertake MSc projects.  

The term "research" is used in its broadest sense to denote any form of inquiry including quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods, systematic reviews, literature reviews, audit and service evaluation.  

The module aims to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of research approaches applicable to Health and Social Care. It is designed to advance students' knowledge of research design and data interpretation. There is a focus on the critical appraisal of published evidence, enabling students to appraise research literature and evaluate the relevance to their own clinical practice and in a wider healthcare context.   

Learning outcomes


Students will typically: 


1. Develop critical knowledge and understanding of the philosophical issues and methodological approaches in research. 

2. Develop an understanding of principles and procedures of ethics and governance associated with research. 

3. Critically articulate the purpose and context of research and the basis for selecting appropriate research methodology and designs. 

4. Critically review and appraise published research. 


What our students say...

“I thoroughly have enjoyed attending this module studying at UH. I have learnt the importance of critical analysing research available, and the passion and the expertise of the tutors have motivated me to think and pursue further studies involving with research.” 



The assessment consists of an online examination.