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Research Methods in Health and Social Care - 30 credits (HCT024)

Module leader

Sue Richardson


Generic module

Programme Pathway

Compulsory module (or distance learning option HCT075) for MSc in Occupational Therapy, MSc in Physiotherapy, MSc in Radiography, MSc in Neurorehabilitation , MSc in Sports Physiotherapy, MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy, MSc Healthcare Science , MSc in Surgical Care Practice, MSc in Managing Care in Perioperative Practice .  Stand alone module for Healthcare Professions.

Prior Learning

All students must be in possession of a relevant qualification providing registration to practice as a health professional

Credit rating

30 at M level

Notional learning time

300 hours 

Contact hours



The aim of this module is to introduce students to, and develop their understanding of, research methods and their application in health and social care. This will include qualitative methods, survey methods and experimental methods. It will enable them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to evaluate practice using a critical and problem-solving approach. Students will acquire a critical and practical understanding of the research process and refine skills in project planning, research proposal specification and techniques of scientific or research report writing.