Introduction to Starting out in Research

4 day short course


20-21 April and 18-19 May 2020


Delivered at the University of Plymouth with Professor Mary Hickson


£620 including free textbook - Research Handbook for Health Professionals by Professor M Hickson

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About the course 

This short course is aimed at clinicians - AHP, nurses, doctors and dentists - who would like to take that first step towards doing some research.

Practical exercises using the University’s computer labs, supervised by professors with long track records of developing practice-based research, this course will give you the tools you need to begin developing and carrying out research in your clinical area.


Searching the literature: developing your research question and planning a literature search.

Understanding statistics: getting to grips with the basics of descriptive and inferential statistics. 

Writing a protocol

Research governance

Introduction to ethics

Using and developing a questionnaire: content, question style, pilots, and response rates.

Getting research funding: interactive exercise to understand and appreciate processes and factors involved in obtaining grants for funding research.

Disseminating your research: clear writing and preparing to present at a conference.

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:


Phone: +44 (0) 1752 586951

Current student enquiries:


Telephone: +44 (0) 1752 586958

Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00, Friday 8:30–16:30.