Project design for research (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will enable you to explore the methodology and methods relevant to the development of a research project. You'll learn how to define and refine a research question, select and appraise methodology, address ethical considerations, and select and appraise data collection and analysis techniques with the aim of formulating your own research proposal by the end of the module. 

Course details

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

  • conduct an advanced literature review and write a critical and analytical review of relevant related research literature.
  • define and refine a research question appropriate to the award title and the literature.
  • identify and justify appropriate research design, methods and analysis techniques for your proposed research.
  • outline and discuss critically ethical issues for the proposed research.
  • formulate and critically discuss a research proposal in line with the above outcomes.


The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a 2,000 word research proposal.

2. a 2,000 word literature review with specific emphasis on research methods and methodology relevant to the proposed research.

(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

This module will be delivered twice over the forthcoming academic year. The taught dates are:

Delivery one: 21 and 22 September and 11, 12 and 13 October 2017.

Delivery two: 22 and 24 January and 5, 6 and 7 February 2018.

(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 – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

The module is a core module for all pathways of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme within the School of Health Professions and the MClinRes Clinical Research programme.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module:

You'll 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

Fees for 2017/18 academic year

Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.