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

APP745*

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

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:

Assessment

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

This module will be running twice in the academic year 2018/19.  

Delivery one commences in September 2018 with the following dates available for shared learning and tutorials:

25 September, 9 and 23 October, 6 and 20 November and 4 and 11 December 2018.

Delivery two commences in April 2019 with the following dates available for shared learning and tutorials:

23 and 30 April, 7, 14, 21 and 28 May and 4 June 2019.

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.

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

Fees

Please see our professional development module fees page.

Funding

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.