Advanced concepts in research: methodology and methods

Key features

This 20 credit module enables students to build on their undergraduate research knowledge to develop a deeper understanding of research methodologies and research methods. The module will also prepare students for their chosen form of final programme module while developing student’s knowledge of research methodologies and a range of research methods for qualitative and quantitative research through a combination of lectures, seminars, research presentations, webinars, access to research resources and independent learning.  

Module code




FHEQ level 

Level 7 - Master's Degree


Blended learning with face to face delivery in Plymouth. 

*This module has replaced APP745

Module details

This module enables students to develop their knowledge of research methodologies and research methods, including the development of knowledge and skills in critical appraisal, synthesis and application to their own area of practice.

Students will apply their research knowledge to the development of a proposal for a literature review, a research project by data collection or a substantive professional project.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the module:

  • You ideally will have previously studied to graduate level.
  • Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme they wish to undertake.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit (PDU). Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the fundamental philosophical, epistemological and ontological underpinnings for a range of research methodologies.
  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge of research methods appropriate for qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies and methods for practice improvement.
  • Critically discuss ethical principles which underpin best research practice.
  • Critically discuss the value of patient and public involvement in research.
  • Apply a detailed knowledge of factors influencing research rigor (reliability, validity, plausibility, credibility etc) to the critical appraisal of published primary research as appropriate to the methodology of the research reviewed.
  • Synthesise findings / results from a range of published research and draw conclusions.
  • Develop an evidence based proposal for a researchable question for a literature review, a research project or a substantive professional project.

Module dates

Delivery 1

15, 22, 29 September, 6, 13, 20 October, 10 November and 15 December 2020. 

Delivery 2

3, 30 March, 20 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May, 15 June and 13 July 2021. 

The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change - always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.

In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date.

Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:


Phone: +44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries:


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

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