Research methodology and application (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will develop your knowledge of the philosophical basis of research methodologies, and through a variety of teaching methods will provide you with the skills to understand the research process and evaluate and critique research.

You will enhance your understanding of research designs and methods, look into critical appraisals of evidence and research and receive a comprehensive introduction to the principles of data collection and analysis.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 - masters degree


Facilitated by a distance learning approach including webinars, e-learning and tutorial support

*This module has replaced module APP702

Course details

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • critically appraise the philosophical, ontological and epistemological basis of research.

  • explore and critique different key research methodologies, critically appraising different research collection methods.

  • critically analyse and synthesise research literature in the development of a narrative review.

  • critically appraise the coherence in research design with consideration of ethical principles and user involvement.

  • demonstrate critical awareness of validity, reliability and rigour in research.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as a core module towards the following programmes:


The assessment for this module is a literature review.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit)

Module dates

Delivery 1 

29 September, 13, 27 October, 10, 24 November and 8, 15 December 2020.

Delivery 2

27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May and 1, 8 June 2021. 

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

Please note 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.

COVID-secure module delivery

The University is adhering to government guidance relating to COVID-secure operation. For this reason, modules are being delivered in a variety of formats, with much content delivered online, either in an interactive manner (i.e. requiring participation at the allotted times), or sometimes in a passive manner (i.e. you may be able to conduct some of the study outside of the typical taught hours of 09:00–17:00).

Some sessions, particularly clinical assessments, will continue to be delivered face-to-face with appropriate risk-mitigating measures in place. Others may allow you the option of attending face-to-face or synchronously engaging online with peers who attend face-to-face.

When you receive confirmation of your enrolment on a module, you will be granted access to our Digital Learning Environment (DLE or Moodle). You should access this prior to the start of your module to determine the teaching format of the module’s sessions.

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.

Rony Alan – student insight

This module has given me a clear understanding of how to access, retrieve and interpret a range of evidence and data from a variety of sources.

I appreciate the excellent service from the lecturers! Further guidance and helpful advice are way beyond anything I have ever received previously.

Find out more about Rony's experience

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. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. Please contact your trust’s education coordinator in the first instance. If you work in the private, independent or voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you accordingly.